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At the start of the new year, it’s a good time to ensure your business has sorted its compliance and is ready for seasonal teams in 2020. 

It’s important that growers check they have key documents ready and up to date – such as contracts, insurance and employment policies – to make sure they are compliant with current legislation.  Remember that it’s a legal requirement for wage slips to detail all hours worked.

New regulations around plant health and the introduction of the new Agriculture Bill should prompt everyone to double check their current working practices and licences.

Health and safety policies should be in place but spend time checking you’re up to speed with the latest requirements and that first aid training has been done. 

It’s also a good time to ensure your accommodation and recreational facilities meet the required standards. Cleaning your accommodation, replacing broken or damaged equipment and furnishings will ensure you’re prepared when a new team arrives. 

HOPS Operations Director Sarah Boparan said: “January is generally a good time of the year to check you have all of the documents you need for the new year. HOPS can help you with anything that you think is missing, so just give us a call.”

For more advice and support on preparing for seasonal teams, download a copy of HOPS’ Little Book of Happiness.