Commentary

G. Retail employment

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G. Retail employment

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G.     Retail employment

Workers in retail employment are given additional protection over and above that provided by ERA 1996 s 13 and s 15. The relevant provisions were originally included in the Wages Act 1986 to meet a concern that harsh terms were being included in the contracts of those in the retail trade whereby full reimbursement of cash shortages or stock losses occurring during the worker's shift could be demanded, whether or not the shortage or loss in question was the worker's fault. It was felt that some extra safeguards were necessary, particularly as s 13 does not place any limit on the amount of deductions that can be made. The relevant provisions are now found in ERA 1996 ss 1722 and, as explained below, they are aimed at controlling the rate at which deductions can be made or payments can be required where a cash shortage or stock deficiency is revealed. They have no application outside the realm of cash shortages and stock deficiencies and so would not apply, for example, to claims that the employer has failed to pay a retail

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