February 28, 2024
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World Day of Social Justice was first observed globally in 2009, following a declaration at the 62nd session of the United Nations General Assembly that the Day be observed annually on February 20th. The recommendations of the Common Agenda of the United Nations are to strengthen global solidarity and to rebuild trust in government by “Overcoming Barriers and Unleashing Opportunities...
It is a move likely to be applauded by some and questioned by others - Government enlisting the help of faith-based organisations to play a meaningful role in national development. The initial intervention in this proposed partnership is to be with the nation’s children. Minister of Social Relations and the Third Sector Colin Jordan who chaired the discussions has pointed to...
The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector is advising all employers, employees and their representatives that amendments have recently been made to the Safety and Health at Work (SHAW) Act and, for the first time, Regulations have now been included in the Act. Eight Regulations were recently published in the Official Gazette VOL. CLVII No. 76, on July 8, 2022. These...
A risk-based approach to managing the impact of health and safety hazards allows employers to be more responsive and adopt measures that provide adequate protection for their staff. Under Section 6 (2) of the Safety and Health at Work Act, employers are required to conduct assessments of the risks that may occur as a result of the activities in...
Barbados will join countries across the globe to observe World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on Saturday, July 30, under the theme: Use and Abuse of Technology.
The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector is reminding the public that there is no legislation, which standardises the age of retirement for persons employed in the private sector.  The contract of employment, whether oral or written, and established workplace policies are to be relied on to give direction on the age of retirement in individual organisations within the private...
The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector in collaboration with Barbados Integrated Management Systems (B.I.M.S) is presenting a free webinar on the topic “COVID-19 Management Toolkit.” The webinar is open to all persons interested in using risk assessment strategies to manage infectious diseases, including COVID-19, in their workplaces. A comprehensive practical toolkit and reference material will be...
The Labour Department will commence a series of webinars to discuss Labour Legislation and Industrial Relations Best Practices on Tuesday, July 12th and Thursday, July 14th, 2022. The webinars which are in keeping with the Department’s continuing effort to promote a greater degree of labour management cooperation will be held online, from 9.00 am to 11.30 am on the listed...
The Honourable Colin E Jordan M.P. Minister of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector   World Day for Safety and Health at Work 2022   LET’S ACT TOGETHER TO BUILD A POSITIVE SAFETY AND HEALTH CULTURE The inaugural World Day for Safety and Health at Work (2003) focused on social dialogue as key to attaining occupational safety and health goals. Nineteen years later, the chosen...
The Ministry of Labour, Social Security and Third Sector informs employers, employees and the public that the compulsory age of retirement in the public sector, that is, Central Government and state-owned enterprises, is established by legislation.  Examples of those pieces of legislation include the Pensions Act, Cap. 25 and the Statutory Boards (Pensions) Act, Cap. 384. In contrast, there is no legislation which...