Off­set pay

South Waikato News - - OPINION/NEWS -

In re­sponse to the ar­ti­cle ti­tled ‘‘Let’s be ready to talk about wages’’ (De­cem­ber 4, 2013, James Houghton, pg 10), let it be clear pay­ments above the min­i­mum wage are a mat­ter be­tween the worker and em­ployee and the Labour In­spec­torate has no cause to be­come in­volved in re­spect of such pay­ments.

The fo­cus for the Labour In­spec­torate is that staff re­ceive at least the min­i­mum wage for the hours worked in a week in the busy sea­son.

The Paul Whyte vs Labour In­spec­tor Em­ploy­ment Re­la­tions Au­thor­ity de­ter­mi­na­tion clar­i­fied that pay­ments in the down sea­son can­not be off­set against ad­di­tional hours worked in the busy sea­son.

Kris Met­calf Labour In­spec­torate cen­tral re­gion man­ager

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