Labour Commissioner and Chief Labour Administrator Matthew Leblanc shared his thoughts on some burning employment patterns seeking to become norms at the workplace on day two of a three-day workshop being conducted by the Dominica Association of Industry & Commerce to transfer knowledge and skills to Chinese traders and other merchants who have displayed a need for information and tact to better manage their businesses.
The workshop is the result of concerns shown by the local merchant community about the manner and ethic of trade conducted by Chinese merchants.
Leblanc said yesterday morning that “cell phone use and texting on the job are inappropriate conducts and poor work attitudes and, following warning by an employer, are grounds for termination of employment.”
On the plethora of absences for illness, which is fast becoming a major cost of employment, the commissioner had this to say: “The law does not provide any time off to an employee claiming to be ill. Rather, the law provides a 48-hour window for an employee to obtain a medical certificate, not for an employee to be sick or stay home complaining ill. The window is not to recuperate or to chill out. It is to obtain a medical certificate.”
At yesterday’s session, Leblanc led participants into the laws and practices of labour management and relations in Dominica.
Special attention was placed on employment standards and other labour conditions imposed on employers by law and convention. The labour commissioner took his audience into the application of international labour law and how these affect Dominica’s image as a compliant member of the global community.