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Child care providers stung by ERB

Max Bradford
Opposition Industrial Relations Spokesperson
Tuesday 25 April 2000

Child care providers stung by ERB

Child care providers want the Government to change the Employment Relations Bill - and National has promised to fight to get them excluded from the Bill, Opposition Industrial Relations spokesperson Max Bradford said today.

"Providers of home based child care are calling on the Government to exclude them from the dependent contractor provisions in the Bill.

"But so far the Government has turned a deaf ear. National will ensure the Government gets the message of concern.

"We are getting extensive feedback from our 40,000 plus mail out of a flyer on the Employment Relations Bill and it isn't only small business who are worried about the impact on their livelihoods.

"The New Zealand Childcare Association represents key providers of home-based child care around the country.

"The Association is worried about the viability of the service, for staff, for carers and for the families they provide services for if the Bill turns the carers into employees.

"There are real fears that the chartered home based organisations won't be able to meet the extra compliance costs attached to losing the contracting arrangement and services will have to close.

"And there's concern about the impact of the personal liability provisions on parents who take an active role in Childcare centres.

"Barnados and foster parents are two other providers of services that could be hit by the dependent contracting provision in the Bill."


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