Farmers under the spotlight

Farmers under the spotlight as employers
14 February 2018

The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Labour Inspectorate is calling for the farming industry to become best practice employers in 2018, with a focus on ensuring that any farmer who employs others on their farm keeps compliant employment records and all employees are receiving the minimum wage for every hour that they work. A recent MBIE investigation found that 28% of farmers had failed to keep the mandatory records required by New Zealand employment law. Breaching these rules could see employers put on the stand-down list, introduced last year, which then means that the employer is prohibited from supporting a migrant’s visa application for up to two years – a measure that could cause a business a lot of issues, particularly in those industries heavily reliant on migrant labour to fill skill shortages, such as the farming sector. The Labour Inspectorate are aiming to visit many more farming employers this year, and those found not to be complying with employment law will face serious consequences.
If you are an employer wanting to sponsor a migrant worker for a visa to enable them to work for you, or you are an employee wanting to make sure that your employer is meeting all the requirements of immigration policy for sponsoring your visa application, get in touch with us today to discuss how we can help you avoid the common pitfalls around employment law requirements.