National Minimum Wage Act 2000

Offence to refuse or fail to pay minimum hourly rate of pay.


35.—(1) An employer who refuses or fails to remunerate an employee for each working hour or part of a working hour in any pay reference period at an hourly rate of pay that on average is not less than the employee’s entitlement to the minimum hourly rate of pay in accordance with this Act shall be guilty of an offence.

(2) Where the employer charged is found guilty of an offence under this section, evidence may be given of any like contravention on the part of the employer in respect of any period during the 3 years immediately preceding the date of the offence.

(3) In proceedings against a person under subsection (1), it shall lie with the person to prove that he or she has paid or allowed pay of not less than the amount he or she was required to pay or allow in accordance with this Act.