Chief Labour Officer: BECCS Still Has More To Do

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Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, believes that while the Barbados Employment and Career Counselling Service (BECCS) has delivered on a number of its goals and services, more still has to be done. Mr. Felix was addressing the start of a series of training seminars, coordinated by BECCS and staff of the Human Resource Development Strategy Programme, in the Lecture Theatre, …

Occupational Safety & Health Seminar Jan. 30

Joy-Ann Gill Ministry News

Occupational safety and health in the workplace will be the focus of a half-day seminar being held by the Labour Department on Wednesday, January 30. The seminar, which will take place at the Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael, will examine a number of psychological issues impacting the workplace, such as mental health, violence at work and fatigue. It runs …

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 …

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 …

Praise For Seasonal Agricultural Workers

Julie Carrington Top Stories

The Government of Barbados is very appreciative of the significant contribution of workers to the Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Programme and to the livelihood of Barbadians. Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, showered praise on the workers, who journeyed from the tropics to brave extremely frigid temperatures on Canadian farms to provide for themselves and their families back home. Mr. Felix …

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 …

Power Line Safety Arrangements Under Review

Julie Carrington Ministry News

The National Advisory Committee on Occupational Safety and Health (NACOSH) has established a sub-committee to review the existing arrangements in place regarding those persons whose work brings them in close proximity to power lines. Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, made this disclosure recently while addressing a seminar entitled: Promoting Safety around Electricity, and launch of a Public Relations Campaign …

Seek Advice Before Starting Construction

Julie Carrington Ministry News

Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, is advising prospective home owners to seek the advice of the Barbados Light and Power Company Limited (BL&P) before starting building construction. He offered this advice in light of calls received to the BL&P about the close proximity of power lines to the proposed construction sites during a seminar entitled: Promoting Safety around Electricity, …

Acting Labour Chief Urges Safety Near Power Lines

Julie Carrington Top Stories

Electricity may be the single most beneficial discovery known to man, but this country’s Acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, has challenged those with the knowledge about working safely around power lines to educate the public on how to protect themselves. He issued this challenge yesterday, while addressing stakeholders attending a seminar entitled: Promoting Safety around Electricity, and the launch …

Employment Sexual Harassment Act Proclaimed

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The Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Act 2017 has been proclaimed. This disclosure has come from acting Chief Labour Officer, Victor Felix, who said the Act commenced by proclamation on December 15, 2017. Mr. Felix stated: “Under the Act, every employer must ensure that within six months of its commencement, a clear written policy statement against sexual harassment within the workplace …