This is a great reminder for anyone meeting dairy industry clients over the coming months to make sure that they are compliant with their minimum standards of employment and tenancy.Labour Inspectorate & Tenancy Compliance Investigations team are currently visiting farms around NZ.
Our Accounted4 Payroll team still hear of clients who are not compliant in a few key areas:
- You must charge market rent for on-farm accommodation (there are a couple of exceptions on this)
- Ensuring employee’s have employment agreements, even casual employees, and tenancy agreements if living on-farm
- Salaried employees are paid at least the Minimum wage currently $20 per hour, going up to $21.20 from 1 April for every hour worked in a pay period
- Record keeping is kept up-to-date – timesheets completed, signed off, and held on file
Check out this page: https://www.employment.govt.nz/about/news-and-updates/labour-inspectorate-responds-to-sharp-rise-of-complaints-in-dairy-sector/