Chinese businesses sensitised on Guyana’s labour laws

first_imgA number of Chinese business owners were on Sunday sensitised on Guyana’s labour laws.The seminar focused on the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act, Leave with Pay Act, Minimum Wage Order, Occupational Safety and Health Act, decent work as a philosophy and practice, and terms and conditions of employment.The exercise, hosted at the Chinese Association, Brickdam, was led by Minister within the Social Protection Ministry, Keith Scott; Chief Labour Officer Charles Ogle and other labour officers from the Ministry.With the establishment of several large and small Chinese owned-businesses across the country, Minister Scott noted the timeliness and importance of the seminar in ensuring these business owners comply with the local labour laws.It was highlighted that many businesses seeking to maximise profits often findChinese business owners in attendance at the sensitisation seminar on Sundaythemselves in contravention of the labour laws.“Breaking those laws can affect your success and your continued survival. It is better to be educated with the requirements of our laws and comply with them, as opposed to relying on high-priced lawyers to fight your case in court,” Minister Scott stated.Chief Labour Officer Ogle told the business owners the Labour Department (which falls under the Social Protection Ministry) focused on protecting the rights of workers. He explained its remit included ensuring payment of the minimum wage and above, ensuring workers’ contributions were made to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS), and employees receive their annual leave.Ogle also pointed out that employees should only work eight hours a day and five days per week. If there is need for an employee to work beyond that, he noted, the employee is entitled to be paid overtime. According to Ogle, it is stipulated in the laws that every employer must have a “record of wages, a record of leave; the law says in Section 10 of the Labour Act, all employers must keep a record of wages. Also, under the Leave and Pay Act, Section Eight, stipulates that the employers must keep a record of the Leave with Pay Act,” he outlined.The sensitising of foreign entrepreneurs on Guyana’s labour laws is an ongoing countrywide exercise by the Labour Department. A similar exercise is slated to be carried out with the Brazilian business owners.last_img read more

10 goats die in night attack

first_imgKeeping farm animals such as goats is not uncommon in Littlerock, an unincorporated rural town east of Palmdale. Danelia Marroquin said she started keeping goats about six months ago in her backyard farm. She said the goats are considered pets, and sometimes she allows them in her home to play with her grandchildren. The goats also produce milk the family drinks and gives away to friends, she said. Danelia Marroquin said the incident was “shocking.” She said sheriff’s deputies who investigated hadn’t heard of an incident such as this in years. “The first thing I thought was that it was a witchcraft thing; I don’t want to think that happened in my house,” she said. “It’s weird because it’s so lonely here in Littlerock, and (the animals) picked my house.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LITTLEROCK – Danelia Marroquin fought off tears standing beside a farm in the back of her home Wednesday, where 10 of her pet goats had been mauled to death, apparently by a pack of wild animals. The incident is thought to have occurred overnight on the 10100 block of East Avenue R-14. The dead goats were discovered by a caretaker about 7a.m., Marroquin said. Most of the goats were babies, Marroquin said. One was pregnant. Six goats survived the incident. “I’m just really sad. I’ve been crying all day,” Marroquin said. “They were babies. They looked like little reindeer.” Sheriff’s deputies think a pack of wild dogs or coyotes killed the goats. Paw prints of various sizes were visible in the home’s dirt lane leading up to farm. It is unclear precisely when the mauling occurred. Marroquin said nobody in her family heard any disturbance overnight. Marroquin’s daughter Nadia was one of the first to witness the incident. She said it appeared the goats had been choked. She said eight dead goats were found near the entry gate, and two others were found in a ditch in the back of the farm. “They were lying there next to each other, it was nasty,” Nadia Marroquin said. “It was really sad because it was baby goats.” last_img read more