scoop.co.nz 24 Mar, 2021 23:00 am

Labour Inspectors Are Visiting Hawkes Bay Apple Orchards This Week

Labour Inspectors Are Visiting Hawkes Bay Apple Orchards This Week
Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s (MBIE) Labour Inspectors are visiting Hawkes Bay orchards this week, making sure those involved in the apple harvest are paying their employees correctly and are keeping accurate and complete records ...

Labour Inspectorate Regional Manager Kevin Finnegan says the horticulture sector is a priority area for the Inspectorate.“Good record keeping is the only way to ensure and demonstrate compliance and there are free resources to assist with that on the Employment New Zealand website,” Mr Finnegan says.“Poor employment practices jeopardises domestic sales and exports, and also undercut the majority of employers who do the right thing,” Mr Finnegan says.Poor quality sub-contracting and labour on hire business models increase the risk of employment law breaches in the supply chain.

Employers who breach employment law are also banned from recruiting new migrants from overseas.Orchard businesses also need to undertake due diligence before using labour contractors to ensure they have compliant employment practices.

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