Inducting Farm Workers
When introducing a new farm worker or farm manager to your farm, it’s important to follow an induction process, especially when it comes to safety - farm work, after all, can be dangerous if the right safety guidelines are not adhered to. The Farmsafe Online Safety Induction Tool can help.
A safety induction is necessary for a farming environment for obvious reasons. No employee should be allowed to carry out farm work before such an induction has been overseen, no matter if they are a farm manager working mostly from an office or a farm worker dealing with dangerous machinery or environments.
How To Manage Employment Termination of Farm Workers
No matter the reason for an employee’s termination, such circumstances must be handled in a careful and professional manner. If you are dismissing an employee (such as a Farm Worker or Farm Manager), it is imperative to follow a fair dismissal procedure to reduce risk of legal action, to safeguard your reputation, and to keep up good morale within the workplace.
If you are classed as a small business (applies to business employers who employ less than 15 people – including all Farm Workers and Farm Managers) then The Small Business Fair Dismissal Code applies to you. Whilst not compulsory, it is highly recommended that you take the Code into account and follow its directions if you need to terminate an employee. The Code provides employers with an assessment checklist to help record your reasons for dismissing an employee and to ensure that you have followed all the steps of The Code.