Free seminar to update NZ’s equine industry employers

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Health and Safety reforms are coming and employers in the equine industry should be prepared.
Health and Safety reforms are coming and employers in the equine industry should be prepared.

A free seminar later this month on health, safety and employment issues aims to help those involved in New Zealand’s equine industry.

Run by the Equine Industry Association (EIA) the seminar at Cambridge Raceway at 5pm on Tuesday, November 25,will provide equine industry participants the opportunity to learn about these hot topics currently facing businesses in the equine industry.

EIA spokesperson Alice Nunn says with regulatory changes afoot in these areas it is imperative that businesses arm themselves with the right knowledge to deal with these issues.

“The area of employment can be tricky to navigate for employers in our industry, and just as importantly the Health and Safety reforms require decoding for many people as non-compliance can have hefty consequences. We will address both these major topics and what rules and changes will mean for businesses.”

The EIA has engaged Employment, Health and Safety specialist lawyer Erin Burke from Norris Ward McKinnon to convene and present the discussions on:

  • Employment: How to comply with obligations under the Employment Relations Act 2000, including Employment agreements, the trial period, dismissals and personal grievances.
  • Health & Safety: Reform is coming on April 1, 2015 and it could affect you – Erin will outline what needs to be in place by April 1 and what the change will mean for employers.

EIA committee member Briar Carr, an accountant at Candy Gillespie, will discuss PAYE and KiwiSaver obligations, cash payments to independent contractors and changes to the rules around employee allowances.

The seminar is free and is open to the public.

RSVP November 21, by email to alice.nunn@nwm.co.nz or briar@cgca.co.nz.

For more information see www.eia.org.nz.

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