With approximately 20% of all workplace fatalities across the UK attributed to the Agriculture Sector alone, it is imperative to stress the need for correct health & safety processes. Occupational health is also of particular concern, with the highest percentage of work related injuries and musculoskeletal disorders being attributed to working in sectors such as: crop & animal production, forestry & logging and fishing & aquaculture.
Employment Law is also an ever-increasing issue, not just for the Agriculture Sector but also for businesses throughout the UK. Laws regularly change in regards to contracts, minimum wage, employee rights, pensions and many other obligations. Without up to date knowledge and expert understanding of employment law, it can leave employers confused and vulnerable to prosecution or heavy financial penalties.
Many workers from abroad choose to work in agricultural industries, which raises many red flags in terms of eligibility to work in the UK and fair payment to those workers. It is no longer acceptable to pay workers ‘off the books’, now there are safeguards in place to ensure foreign workers are treated and paid fairly.
Peninsula can help business owners in the Agriculture Sector by providing expert help and guidance on employment law and health & safety obligations. Some of the services we provide include:
- 24 hour advice
- A Health & Safety Management System
- Risk Assessment guidance
- Legal representation and indemnity
- Employment law advice and documentation
- HR advice and assistance