The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) have released a report that shows many employers are breaking the law in Papakura and surrounding Franklin by denying workers their entitlement to a written employment agreement.
“When there is no written employment agreement, employees are vulnerable to being treated badly by their employer” said Judy Boyd Manager of Citizens Advice Bureau, Papakura.
“When people come to us with an employment question and they don’t have a written employment agreement, they can feel very insecure. People are dependent on keeping their jobs in order to feed their families and pay the rent, so they are often reluctant to rock the boat even though they are aware that what their employer is doing is wrong”, said Boyd.
“The worst thing is that this is happening more and more”, said Boyd. We have handled 1172 queries on this subject since 2013, that is 1172 clients without employment contracts.”
The CAB is calling on all employers, regardless of the size of their business, to make sure they understand their obligations to their staff. “If you don’t know what’s legally required of you as an employer, it’s important to find out. There is plenty of information and support available to help you”, asserts Boyd. “Having a written employment agreement makes life easier for employers as well as employees.”
If you are an employer, the CAB has some basic tips that can help you comply with the law and avoid getting a fine from the Labour Inspectorate. Go to www.cab.org.nz or call 0800 367 222. CAB is an independent community organisation offering free, confidential and independent information, advice and assistance.