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Chamber encouraging Employers to better know the Labour Code

PRESS RELEASE – THE Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is encouraging its members – and employers generally – to take steps to better know the provisions of the Labour Code.

The Chamber has observed that since the enactment of the Labour Act in 2006 with amendments in 2013, there has been a high incidence of claims by employees against employers.

“The cost and implications of such litigation are obvious and in that context and in response to specific requests from Members, the Chamber is happy to host a one-day workshop on the Code, with particular focus on Termination of Employment and Disciplinary Procedures,” a Chamber release stated.

The private sector body encouraged its members to understand and become knowledgeable about Employer responsibilities and rights and the critical rules enshrined in the 2006 Labour Code quite early in the New Year, to overcome concerns and address issues not readily understood without the support of legal counsel.

According to the Chamber, the workshop will be facilitated by a well- known Legal Practitioner with extensive experience in Labour Relations – Ms. Cheryl Goddard-Dorville of Goddard-Dorville Legal.

The Chamber noted that several topics will be covered, including valid reason for dismissal; ‘constructive dismissal’; warnings and terminations for misconduct; unsatisfactory performance and natural justice safeguards.

The private sector organization explained that the event will involve both lecture and practical sessions.

The full day event will run from 9:00AM to 5:00PM at the Kreole Conference Room, Coco Palm Resorts on Thursday, 31 January 2019.

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