Social Partners Support Sexual Harassment Policy

Joy-Ann Gill Top Stories

The show of support by the Social Partners at last Friday’s launch of two publications with respect to the island’s Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Act, 2017, did not go unnoticed by Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan. Addressing the event at the 3Ws Oval, The University of the West of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, the Minister …

Employers Urged To Complete Harassment Policy

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A clarion call has gone out to this island’s employers to complete their workplace policy statement on sexual harassment, without undue delay. It came last Friday as Minister of Labour and Social Partnership Relations, Colin Jordan, addressed the launch of two publications related to the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Act, 2017. The event at the 3Ws Oval, The University of the …

Labour Department Seminars Next Week

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The Sexual Harassment Act, the Holidays with Pay Act, The Shops Act and The Employment Rights Act will take centre stage next week, when the Labour Department presents the first in a series of seminars. The Department, which is hosting two one-day seminars on Thursday, September 20, and Friday, September 21, has invited members of the public to attend either one …

Labour Department Seminars Next Month

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The Labour Department will host two seminars to discuss Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practices on Thursday, September 20, and Friday, September 21. The seminars, which are part of the Department’s continuing effort to promote a greater degree of labour-management cooperation, will take place at the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael, from 9.00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. daily. Persons are …

New Chief Aims To Improve Employment Relations

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The Labour Department has a new head and he is focused on ensuring the business of that organisation is handled with “purposeful efficiency”. This includes the administration of labour legislation and lessening of adversarial labour and employment relations. He is Victor Felix, who has been appointed on promotion to the post of Chief Labour Officer. The appointment took effect from …

Promoting Safety & Health In The Workplace

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The workplace should be a safe environment where employees can do their jobs without the fear of injury or death. Workplace health and safety procedures are necessary for the well-being of both employers and employees. These sentiments were expressed by the Labour Department’s Health and Safety Officer, Sandy Miller, during a recent interview with the Barbados Government Information Service. Mr. …

Victims Urged To Report Sexual Harassment

Julie Carrington Top Stories

Although the Labour Department has not been overwhelmed with reports of sexual harassment, the Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, is urging all victims to come forward and make a report. He made this appeal recently while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Labour Department’s final Labour Management Relations Seminar in the Warrens Office Complex. The top labour …

Senator Byer Suckoo Sends ERT Warning

Julie Carrington Top Stories

This country’s Minister of Labour will not be tolerating any undue delays in cases brought before the Employment Rights Tribunal (ERT) and has warned employers to turn up when called to sittings or their case will proceed in their absence. Senator Dr. Esther Byer Suckoo made this clear today while addressing the Labour Department’s Labour Management Relations Seminar at the …

Explaining The Sexual Harassment Act

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In December 2017, the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Act 2017 was proclaimed. Under the Act, every employer must ensure that within six months of its commencement, they provide a clearly articulated, written policy statement against sexual harassment in the workplace. Acting Chief Labour Officer (CLO), Victor Felix, explained the provisions in the Act in greater detail, during an interview with …

Late Opening Reminder For Employers

Julie Carrington Top Stories

Although the revised Shops Act 2015 makes provisions for shop owners to open Monday to Sunday from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., proprietors are reminded that if they want to open their establishments after 11:00 p.m., they must apply to the Chief Labour Officer (CLO) for a certificate. Labour Officer, Khama Salankey-Burke, made this point clear recently during her presentation …