Asparagus boss' false records cost thousands

  • 26/06/2017
BBS Horticulture Ltd on stand down
BBS Horticulture Ltd is on a stand down period, restricting access to migrant labour. Photo credit: Newshub.

A labour hire company working on Waikato asparagus farms has been caught failing to keep records twice, costing it $58,818.

Employment Relations Authority (ERA) have penalised BBS Horticulture Limited $57,000 for failing to keep accurate employment agreements, wage records, time sheets and leave records, and $1818.02 in arrears to former employees.

The Inspectorate first visited BBS in November 2013, and discovered a number of employees working in breach of their visa conditions, and without records of employment.

In a follow-up audit in late 2015, ERA discovered BBS had once again failed to keep accurate records.

Another visit in October 2016 revealed that 11 Chinese employees, one working in breach of their visa, had no individual employment agreements, or time sheets.

BBS Horticulture Limited is now on a two-year stand down period restricting access to migrant labour.