Agrofest Vendors Urged To Apply For Licences Early

Vendors participating in this year???s Agrofest are being advised to apply for their licences early.

This request has come from Principle Environmental Health Officer of the Winston Scott Polyclinic, William Richards, who is encouraging all vendors who will be erecting temporary restaurants or conducting sampling at Agrofest to apply for their licenses a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

This will allow Environmental Health Officers enough time to visit the venues where food will be prepared before it is transported to Queens Park, The City.

Vendors are also reminded that they should bring their receipts confirming payment for stall space at Agrofest when applying for licences.

Agrofest 2014 will take place from February 28 to March 2, in Queens Park, The City, under the theme: Encouraging Entrepreneurship through Innovative Agriculture.

Labour Seminars To Address Employment Issues

Persons with questions related to employment will have the opportunity to get answers, when the Labour Department???s Industrial Relations Best Practice seminar series continues in February.

Labour Officer, Pauline Farnum, explained that the series is part of the department???s efforts to promote better labour/management cooperation. She added that the first seminar, which was held this month, was well received.

???There were 27 persons at the last one, we usually aim for between 25 and 30 persons ???and we have others who have called and signed up for the upcoming seminars. In the sessions, people have a lot of questions and we have good discussions,??? she said.

While one of the recurring issues among attendees was not receiving pay slips, Ms. Farnum revealed that employers have been contacting the Department for guidance on complying with legislation.

The next seminar will be held on Wednesday, February 12. This will be followed by sessions on Thursday, February 13; Tuesday, February 25; Wednesday, February 26; and Wednesday, March 5. All sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the 2nd Floor, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael.

Seminar topics to be covered are: The Employment Rights Act, Holidays with Pay Act, Maternity Leave (Protection of Women) Act, Shops Act and the Protection of Wages Act.

Persons interested in attending one of the sessions should contact Ms. Farnum at 310-1534.

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