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Your pay

Pay and time records

You have the right to see your wage and time records

Employment Relations Act 2000, ss 4B, 130, 235B, 235E

If you (or someone representing you, like your union delegate or a government labour inspector) ask to see your wages and time records, your boss must give you or your representative a copy of, or access to, your records or the relevant part of them. Employers must keep wages and time records for six years.

If your boss breaches these rules, a government labour inspector can give them an infringement notice (like a speeding ticket) requiring them to pay a $1,000 fine. Alternatively, you (or a labour inspector) can ask the Employment Relations Authority to order your boss to pay a financial penalty.

Your employer also has a general duty to keep records in enough detail to show that they’ve provided you with all your minimum conditions and protections under the Minimum Wage Act, the Wages Protection Act (which deals with payment of wages – see above), and the Holidays Act (see “Holidays and annual leave” below in this chapter). A labour inspector can ask to look at these records at any time.

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