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Bennett seeks small business exemption

David Bennett
National Party MP

5 September 2006

Bennett seeks small business exemption


National MP David Bennett is to move an amendment to the Employment Relations Amendment Bill to ensure small businesses do not suffer from “excessive interference” in their commercial operations.

Labour’s bill relates to restructuring and subsequent contracting-out situations. It lets specified employees transfer to a new employer on their existing terms and conditions of employment.

Mr Bennett’s amendment seeks to have businesses with fewer than 10 employees exempt from the requirement.

“More than 2,300 cleaning businesses, or 88% of the industry, would benefit from my amendment.

“When a cleaning contract changes hands, the new company does not want to fall heir to all the old staff who may have been the reason the previous company lost the contract.

“Small businesses need the freedom to make their own commercial decisions, Labour’s legislation, as it stands, would stifle that freedom,” says Mr Bennett.

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