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LABOUR DEPARTMENT ACT
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SUMMARY

 

An Act to provide for the duties of the Chief Labour and other officers of the Ministry of Labour and for related purposes.


KEY DEFINITIONS

 

Chief Labour Officer Includes any person authorized in writing by the Chief Labour Officer to act on his/her behalf.
Employee A person who is employed by another to do any work for hire or reward.
Employer A person, firm, company or corporation employing one or more employees.

 

MAIN FEATURES

 

Duties of the Chief Labour Officer

  • To receive and investigate all representations pertaining to employment made to him with a  view to settle disputes and grievances and conciliate when necessary.
  • To advise the government with regard to the betterment of industrial relations and generally on all labour matters.
  • To ensure the due enforcement of the Acts which he/she may from time to time be required to enforce.


Duties With Respect To Labour Inspection

  • To ensure that the laws in force concerning conditions of employment and the protection of the employees in their occupations are fully applied.
  • To give technical information and advice whenever necessary to employers and employees as to the most effective means of complying with the said laws.
  • To indicate in inspection reports difficulties or abuses not specifically covered by existing laws.
  • To visit places of employment and to institute enquires for the purpose of performing the duties set forth in the paragraphs above.
  • To establish statistical data in the course of their enquiries, as instructed by the Chief labour Officer.

 

OTHER FEATURES

 

  • The Chief Labour Officer possesses the power to enter premises to conduct routine inspections and to obtain information.
  • Employers who employ ten (10) or more employees are required to provide upon request the following particulars:
    • The nature of the business, trade or profession.
    • Wages and salaries paid, distinguishing between basic wages and salaries, bonuses, fees and other payments and honoraria for services rendered.
    • The name of the undertaking and form of its ownership.
    • The number of employees employed during a specified period.
    • The man-hours worked, specifying normal hours and overtime hours.
    • The task work or piece work performed.

 




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3rd Floor West, Warrens Office Complex, Warrens, St. Michael, Barbados | Tel: (246) 535-1400 | Fax: (246) 425-0266 | E-Mail: mol@labour.gov.bb