Many cru­cial steps to the process

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take a bit of sort­ing.

You will need ap­pli­cants to send their CV and at least two ref­er­ences. Go through the CVs and sort into piles, your num­ber one picks, possibles and not suit­a­bles. Ref­er­ence check­ing is your most use­ful tool to find out about the ap­pli­cant so al­lo­cate plenty of time to do this.

Have a list of spe­cific ques­tions to ask and make notes. in­ter­view and make notes.

Set aside a cou­ple of hours to in­ter­view each per­son and do a farm tour.

Once you have cho­sen your ap­pli­cant of­fer them the job and pro­vide them with the em­ploy­ment agree­ment, which once they have looked over, they will need to sign.

It is cour­te­ous to in­form un­suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants.

You must have a con­tract or in­di­vid­ual em­ploy­ment agree­ment with your em­ploy­ees.

Make sure the agree­ment you are us­ing is up to date.

You can get con­tracts through Farm­Wise.

There are other new em­ploy­ment laws that come into af­fect on April 11, 2011 so make sure you are aware of them.

The 90-day trial pe­riod now ap­plies to busi­nesses with more than 20 staff. In the agree­ment you must state the num­ber of days the trial pe­riod is, not ex­ceed­ing 90 days.

An­nual leave: One week (of the four week en­ti­tle­ment) of an­nual leave can be paid up if re­quested by the em­ployee. An em­ployer can­not force an em­ployee to do this.

Trans­fer­ring pub­lic hol­i­day en­ti­tle­ments: Pub­lic hol­i­days can now be trans­ferred if agreed upon by both par­ties. To be safe it is best to record any ar­range­ments in writ­ing.

Sick leave: Em­ploy­ers can now re­quest the em­ployee to pro­vide proof of sick­ness or in­jury, how­ever, the em­ployer may have to pay for the em­ployee to get this cer­tifi­cate.

Re­cruit­ment of staff for next sea­son ranks highly on the im­por­tance and pri­or­ity lists. It will take time and ef­fort to get it right – but it will be time and ef­fort well spent.

It is im­por­tant to em­pha­sise that any farmer not con­fi­dent in re­cruit­ing and wor­ried about get­ting it right should con­sider em­ploy­ing some help.

The cost of re­cruit­ment may not be as much as you think.

Make sure you have upto-date legal em­ploy­ment agree­ments.

Brid­get Ray

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