18 Feb 2015

Kiwifruit contractor fined $5000

2:21 pm on 18 February 2015

A Bay of Plenty kiwifruit contractor has been fined $5000 for not having employment agreements and presenting fraudulent documents.

The Employment Relations Authority penalised the company, Bay Enterprises Limited, after the Labour Inspectorate found it repeatedly breached the Employment Relations Act.

The Authority said the contractor failed to provide two employees with written individual employment agreements and presented fraudulent documents as evidence when the case went before the authority.

The Labour Inspectorate said it was targeting the kiwifruit industry over the coming months to stamp out any employment breaches.

It recently issued eight kiwifruit picking and pruning contractors in the Bay of Plenty, with improvement notices for breaching minimum standards, last year.

The inspectorate said further audits of kiwifruit orchards, pack houses and administrative offices in the Bay of Plenty will take place over the next few months.

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