Working for Accommodation – Are you meeting the minimum employment entitlements
Accommodation / 24 October 2019
Recently, following complaints, the Labour Inspectorate investigated work in exchange for free accommodation, such as Willing Workers On Organic Farm (WWOOFers). The investigation found those who work in exchange for accommodation are likely considered to be employees, therefore should be provided with the minimum entitlements of New Zealand employment law. The Labour Inspectorate has signaled its expectation that employers in such arrangements comply with the law in this respect.
Message for Employers
Employers have an obligation to provide minimum entitlements to employees, as required by law, including a written employment agreement, payment of wages in monetary value (rather than just accommodation) at least at minimum wage level and holiday pay.
Relationships with anyone performing work, including volunteer workers, should be clearly recorded to mitigate the risk of challenge by the worker or the Labour Inspectorate. If you’re not sure whether your workers are employees or not, or what you need to do to comply with the law if they are, call us.
Disclaimer: We remind you that while this article provides commentary on employment law and health and safety topics, it should not be used as a substitute for legal or professional advice for specific situations. Please seek legal advice from your lawyer for any questions specific to your workplace.