Tools to help farms streamline employment record-keeping

Rural Exchange 17/02/2018

The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have put out a survey following the inspection of over 100 dairy farms and their compliance with recordkeeping obligations.

Almost one in three dairy farms visited by the Labour Inspectorate in 2017 failed to meet their recordkeeping obligations, resulting in $11,000 in fines.

Chris Lewis, employment relations spokesperson for Federated Farmers, joined Rural Exchange at the Southern Field Days at Waimumu to share his thoughts on the recent compliance statistics for dairy farmers.

“[The numbers] have stayed stagnant,” he said. “Which is really disappointing.”

Mr Lewis pointed out that MBIE is looking for employer records of everything from employment agreements to wage records.

Luckily, employment agreements are discounted for Federated Farmers members and don’t require consultation with a lawyer.

Co-host Sarah Perriam and Mr Lewis also highlight that digital tools, like PaySauce, can now make employer recordkeeping streamlined and less tedious.

With this app, I do it myself now.

Mr Lewis joined RadioLIVE Drive earlier this week to comment on the 28% of non-compliant dairy farms in the recent inspection.

“Our farm staff works bloody hard on farms - they sometimes work long hours. It’s only fair that they get paid a fair wage and the paperwork gets taken care of,” he told RadioLIVE.

That being said, the Federated Farmers spokesperson points out that employer recordkeeping compliance is not an isolated for just farms.

“It’s not just a farming issue. It’s for any small business right across the board.”

Watch the full interview with Chris Lewis above. 

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