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This guide provides information about the function and powers of Labour Inspectors.
One of the objectives of the Employment Relations Act is to promote the
effective enforcement of employment standards, in particular by conferring
enforcement powers on Labour Inspectors, the Employment Relations
Authority and the Employment Court.
Under the Employment Relations Act, Labour Inspectors have wide
powers including entry to workplaces, inspection of records and
documents, and the power to interview employers and employees. A
Labour Inspector may also consider the employer’s compliance with
aspects of the Holidays Act, Wages Protection Act and Minimum Wage
Every Labour Inspector must produce their warrant of designation for
inspection if requested to do so in the course of their duties.
A Labour Inspector may commence actions in the Employment Relations
Authority to recover entitlements and wages, and seek penalties.
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