The importance of being HR compliant

 

A recent investigation into 638 businesses in the farming industry has found that more than half of the businesses had underpaid workers, falsified pay records or failed to provide pay slips. Statistics like this highlight an increasing need for farm and agricultural businesses to establish and maintain compliance with workplace HR policies.

 

The investigation comes alongside a recent claim involving a NSW vineyard failing to pay a month’s worth of work to a labourer. Fair Work inspectors recovered more than $1 million in unpaid wages for more than 2500 workers during the investigation into businesses involved with harvesting crops such as grapes, strawberries, cherries, mushrooms, apples, citrus fruits and tomatoes. Some of the results of the investigation are as follows:

 

  • 444 growers and 194 labour hire contractors were investigated with court action being taken against eight employers for serious alleged breaches of the Fair Work Act.
  • Six of these matters have been finalised resulting in more than $500,000 in penalties while two are still before the courts.
  • Inspectors also issued 150 formal cautions, 132 infringement notices, 13 compliance notices for breaches of workplace laws and entered into seven enforceable undertakings.

 

It is extremely important for farms and rural businesses to be compliant with employment laws to avoid costly fines and consequences for their business.

 

ProcessWorx can provide your Farming business with the systems and support it needs to maintain compliance with employment and occupational safety and health laws.

If your Farming business needs some HR and Safety help, please contact us on (08) 9316 9896 or email enquiries@processworx.com.au

 

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Marisa Ross

HR Advisor

Marisa is an experienced and motivated HR professional with a strong HR generalist and business operations background with a focus on employee relations, performance management, leadership training & development, workers compensation & injury management, and employee retention. Marisa holds a Bachelor of Human Resource Management and a Bachelor of Behavioural Science with a minor in Counselling. Having worked in a variety of industries from SMEs to large blue-chip organisations, Marisa is passionate about enriching employee experience, employee retention, and building leadership capability in people management.

Aimee Grigson

Aimee Grigson

WHS Advisor

Aimee has a strong understanding of Workplace Health and Safety Legislation and standards and has extensive HSEQ experience in a number of industries. Aimee has a great ability to engage across all levels of organisation, including field teams, leadership and external stakeholders. Aimee ensures Health and Safety Management Systems are compliant to legislation, effectively implemented and understood by all. Aimee has a Certificate IV in Work Health and Safety and qualifications in auditing and incident investigations. Aimee is passionate about coaching and developing small businesses towards a positive safety culture.