Quad bike deaths cause for thought
late the use of on farm vehicles. The only ammunition I will have to lobby against such thought, is to have a vastly improved farm safety record so to argue for self regulation on farm workplace vehicle operational safety. Another farm insurance issue to bring to your notice, is the recent instances of wildfires in Canterbury that have highlighted the need for farmers to be properly and adequately insured against all aspects of fire. Farmers should ensure that their policy will protect them against the costs of damage or loss of their own property and others, should a fire ignite on their land and spread but also for rural firefighting insurance to cover the cost of suppression. Farmers should be aware that a public liability policy does not necessarily cover this fire suppression cost so if in any doubt, farmers should contact their insurer. Farmer employers will have IRD implementing a few changes from April 1, 2013 which may affect their payroll calculations and the details you enter on your employer monthly schedule (EMS).
from the first pay period commencing on or after April 1, 2013. The rate change will also apply to employees with a complying fund.
Also school children. If you pay salary/ wages or scheduler payments to school children, you must deduct PAYE and record them on your EMS from April 1, 2013. On a happy note, my District Fed team wish you all well in your farm business export primary product endeavours for this new year.