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Recovering Unpaid Wages

Have you been purposely or accidentally underpaid?  In New Zealand, you have the right to claim unpaid wages from your current or past employer for up to six years after the underpayment occurred.

What are my rights when it comes to pay?

In New Zealand, you have the right to:

  • be paid at least the minimum wage (currently $18.90 per hour)

  • be paid at the rate agreed on in your employment contract

  • access records of time worked and money earned for the past six years, even if no longer employed

  • be paid agreed overtime rates

  • receive holiday pay

How do I know if I'm owed money?

If one of the following situations have occurred, you are owed money:

  • You were not paid for every hour that you worked

  • You were paid under the minimum wage within the last six years

  • You were paid for less than agreed in your employment contract

  • You did not receive your overtime rates

  • You did not receive your full holiday pay

  • Your pay has been reduced for an unfair reason

What do I do next?

The first step is to contact your current (or past) employer about your concerns. Make sure you do this in writing and keep a record of it.  You should ask for all relevant timesheets and payslips for the period in question.  This will enable you to show how you’ve been underpaid so you can request to be paid what you're owed.  If there are difficulties in recouping the money, legal action can be taken.

How can bossed help me?

At bossed we do the heavy lifting for you when it comes to confronting your employer about unpaid wages. Our representatives are experts at communicating on your behalf and will keep interactions professional.  We can assist you in gathering the information you need, accurately calculating what you're owed and retrieving this money from your employer.  Having a bossed representative on your side shows that you're serious and often speeds up the process.

Contact our friendly team today for a FREE & confidential consultation. Fill out our form below or call us on 0800 BOSSED

What does it cost?

In most cases, our help won’t cost employees/individuals anything.  When you first make contact, we will provide a free  15 minute consultation and confidential advice about your situation.  If your problem requires dedicated support from our team and/or formal representation we will aim to ensure any fees are covered by your employer. Have more questions? Click below to read more about the difference between bossed and 'no win no fee' organisations:

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​0800 BOSSED (267 733)

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