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.Since you’re here… we have a small favour to ask. More and more people want the Post than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Post’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. With investigative reporting, we often don't know at the beginning how a story will unfold and how long it might take to uncover. This can mean it is costly – particularly as we often face legal threats that attempt to stop our reporting. But we remain committed to raising important questions and exposing wrongdoing. And we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure. For as little as NZ$5, you can support the Post – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Post