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Small Business Employers Taking Unnecessary Risks


Small Business Employers Taking Unnecessary Risks

“Small business employers are taking an unnecessary risk in failing to formalise their employment conditions,” Council of Trade Unions president Ross Wilson said today.

The Auckland Chamber of Commerce small business survey has revealed that 65 percent of SME employers do not have written employment agreements for staff.

“As well as being in breach of the law I think it is good practice for employers to have written agreements,” Ross Wilson said. “By failing to do so they are increasing the risk of uncertainty and possible disputes.”

The survey, and the recent Small Business Advisory Group Report, both revealed a high level of ignorance among small employers about the employment information already available to them through Government funded services, he said.

“A small investment in good information and employment agreements will save these employers from the clutches of the lawyers which they are also complaining about in the survey.”


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