The Employment Relations Authority has fined three Hawke's Bay horticulture contracting companies a total of $22,500 for failing to provide employment records.
The Labour Inspectorate launched an investigation into Kiwi Labour Solution, OOMDA New Zealand and Positive Force after an audit last year to check for compliance with employment, immigration and tax laws.
The inspectorate took a case to the Employment Authority after the companies ignored requests to produce the records.
They were fined $7,500 each.
All three businesses were represented during the investigation by Gautam Kapur, the sole director of two of the companies.