Farming, Timesheets and Minimum Wage Requirements

We all feel overworked and underpaid, but none so than those in the Dairy Farming Industry.  The average Dairy Farmer will work a minimum of 50 hours per week and during peak times it can be ALOT more. They’ll have to turn up whether it’s raining, hailing or the sun is beating down on them. In the summer they’ll be there before the sun comes up and in winter they’ll begin to feel nocturnal as the night and day merge into one big black cloud of hard work and relentless activity.

While the above will continue to occur, there are some legal requirements around maintaining time records and meeting minimum wage requirements. This means that all Employers within the Ag Sector are legally required to ensure all staff are being paid above minimum wage within their respective pay period. Seasonal averaging is no longer allowed in relation to minimum wage and each hour worked by an employee must be paid at least the minimum wage. SO if for any reason they work extra hours during busy periods like calving season, those hours have to be accounted for and the Farm owner / Manager has to top up their pay packet to ensure they remain compliant.  

If for any reason you do not adhere to the above rules and regulations you had better hope that the Department of Labour doesn’t turn up on your doorstep. Adequate time sheets for all staff members working on farm is now compulsory. Fines have been imposed with other sectors and it won’t be long before the MBIE targets more dairy farmers. Don’t find yourself with your pants down and in the media for all the wrong reasons make sure you have a robust time sheet and rostering system that all staff members can work with.

About the Author:
Agrismart offers a simple solution to the Farm Manager with their painless online timesheet and rostering system.  This innovative product is a hassle free way for farmers to get their employees to fill out timesheets.  The employees have 24 hour access, so they can fill their time sheet out anywhere in their own time.  AgriSmart will reduce your admin time, provide clarity so you’ll know exactly where you stand with leave balances and rostered time off, removing all the guess work, just with a click of a button.  AgriSmart are leaders in this area of compliance time sheets, with nothing else of similar quality, they are worth checking out  www.agrismart.co.nz  

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