WorkSafe New Zealand is thanking businesses who are doing the right thing as we reach eight weeks under the COVID-19 Protection Framework.
“To the businesses who have looked at the rules and made sure they are doing what’s needed to keep New Zealanders healthy and safe, thank you,” says WorkSafe Head of General Inspectorate Simon Humphries.
“The number who aren’t following the rules is a very small minority when you consider how many businesses there are across New Zealand in general, and how many have some form of requirements around My Vaccine Pass.
“When a concern is raised about a business, as part of our ‘educate first’ approach, we reach out to them and provide information about changes they need to make to be compliant.
“Since moving to the Framework on December 3 WorkSafe has engaged with over 1000 businesses.
“After we’ve engaged with them over 95% of these businesses have made the changes they need to be compliant.
“A few businesses haven’t made changes to meet their COVID-19 requirements after being given this information.
“We understand people are interested in how WorkSafe is approaching what appears to be deliberate non-compliance from some businesses.
“WorkSafe is taking a considered approach to decisions on enforcement action to support the public health response to COVID-19 and ensure the health and safety of New Zealanders.
“While we understand it may be frustrating for people who are doing to right thing to see a business open and not following the rules, we need to work carefully and deliberately through our processes to ensure non-compliant businesses are held to account.”
Infringement notices issued as at 26/01/2022
|Name||Date Infringement Notice issued||Associated penalty and reason for Infringement Notice|
|Damned Fine Food Limited (also known as Lone Star New Lynn)||21/01/2022|
|Hammerhead Tattoos Limited||19/01/2022|
|My Barber Limited||11/01/2022|
|Oliver MMA Limited|
|Oliver MMA Limited|
|Oliver MMA Limited||21/01/2022|
|Saint Sebastian Restaurant||14/01/2022|
A business has 28 days to pay the infringement fees. If they do not make payment in this time a reminder notice may be issued, which may extend the timeframe for payment.
The business has the right, within 28 days of the infringement notice, to request a hearing to:
- raise any matter related to the circumstances of the alleged offence for consideration by WorkSafe New Zealand; or
- deny liability for the alleged offence and request a court hearing; or
- admit liability for the alleged offence but have a court consider written submissions as to the penalty or otherwise.
An infringement notice may be withdrawn after a hearing.