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Feds says it’s simple: comply with the law

Feds says it’s simple: comply with the law

Farmers are urged to commit to getting employee records and contracts right after large fines were issued during a Labour Inspectorate investigation into a Taranaki dairy farm.

Federated Farmers Taranaki provincial president Bronwyn Muir says it is essential farmers keep up-to-date contracts and wage and time records for all employees.

"Agriculture needs to attract a good quality, motivated workforce to drive productivity gains and to improve performance. So farmers need to provide workplaces which will attract those people.

"Getting the basics of employment law right is the foundation to build that attractive work environment," Bronwyn says.

Federated Farmers regularly holds employment workshops, which have been well attended and promote best-practice to our members.

Legally compliant contracts and employment agreements are available for purchase from Federated Farmers for members and non-members that meet all the requisite employment legislation.

"Legislation does change over time and it’s important to keep on top of changes and keep everything up-to-date.

"We have a large number of contracts, templates and policies available to assist our members to remain safe and compliant employers. It's better to pay for advice and be compliant, than pay a fine.

"We all need to be compliant for the good of the industry and those who work in it," Bronwyn says.

Any farmer who is unsure whether their records and documents are compliant should seek assistance immediately.

All farmers are encouraged to visit the Workplace Action Plan site for more information.

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