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Rural Contractors NZ hits the road during May

Rural Contractors NZ hits the road during May


Rural Contractors New Zealand (RCNZ) will be updating its members on the latest changes in health and safety, transport and employment laws – as well as other topics – in a series of roadshows being held around the country during May.

RCNZ chief executive Roger Parton says rural contractors need to get to grips with proposed changes to health and safety regulations following the recent introduction of the Health & Safety in Employment Reform Bill into Parliament.

“There are some really major changes planned which will most definitely affect rural contractors,” he explains.

“The penalties for getting it wrong, should someone suffer a bad accident at their workplace, are very severe.”

Mr Parton says the roadshow presentation will cover what these changes mean for the agricultural contractor. And, just as importantly, how will it affect directors of companies, sole traders, employees, volunteers and anyone who ‘works’ for them.

“The presentation will cover all of these areas and much more, giving attendees an understanding of what this legislation will mean for each agricultural contractor,” Mr Parton adds.

He says the roadshows will also include:

• Updates on Transport Legislation

• The new Members Rebate Scheme

• Employment Law and changes in the wind

• Rural Contractors Accreditation Programme

• The 2014 Conference

The venues and dates for each of the roadshows have been mailed out to members and are also up on the RCNZ website:

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