14 Mar 2017

Former league star's business pays out over employment breaches

5:24 pm on 14 March 2017

An Auckland car-wash company owned by former Warriors player Matthew Ridge has been ordered to pay $35,000 for employment law breaches.

Ministry of Businesss, Employment and Innovation inspectors found Car-Fé did not correctly employ and pay 97 people, many of them migrant workers.

Labour Inspectorate regional manager Loua Ward said the company failed in the basics of being an employer.

The investigation found 37 workers were not given employment agreements, 13 were given 90-day trial letters in place of contracts and another six had contracts with no dates.

The company also did not provide correct holiday pay or keep proper wage, time and holiday records.

Car-Fé was ordered in October to correct its mistakes and pay the arrears owed to the workers, which it has now done.