Introducing New Workplace Policy & Pandemic Leave
Commander Daryl Dindial – (Chief Personnel Officer - Ag.) was an integral member of the team that was convened under the chairmanship of the Senator the Honourable, Jennifer Baptiste-Primus, Minister of Labour and Small Enterprise Development, who spoke at the media conference hosted at the Minister’s International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain (on Sunday 16TH, March 2020) to highlight the work being done on the introduction of a policy for workplaces, which included the introduction of pandemic leave.
The CPO noted that this introduction of pandemic leave was proposed to be accessed by monthly paid and daily-paid public officers as well as short-term and temporary employees who have less than one year’s service. He also advised that the new category of leave forms part of the draft policy for workplaces dealing with COVID-19.
It was also highlighted that before the draft policy was taken to Cabinet for approval, it would go before the Tripartite Advisory Council, which was comprised of the Employer Consultative Association (ECA), the trade union movement and the private sector as well as the Tobago House of Assembly (THA). Further, it was noted that once it was approved by Cabinet, it would then be disseminated throughout the public service and to the trade unions as well as to the private sector.