[8 February/Stuff]

A kiwifruit business in the Bay of Plenty has been fined $12,000 for breaching a number of employment law minimum standards. A Labour Inspectorate investigation found that Ahead, a kiwifruit orchard labour hire business, failed to provide staff with individual employment agreements, pay holiday entitlements and to keep full and accurate time, wage and leave records. Labour Inspectorate regional manager, Kevin Finnegan, said Ahead has left their staff out of pocket by not having the systems in place to provide their employees with their basic employment rights.  Mr Finnegan added that this was a case where employers did not take their employees basic entitlements seriously. He noted that Ahead put it down to administrative issues, however poor practices like will impact the business for a long-period after the penalties have been paid.