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The major role and function of the Commission can be summed up in four key points: Prevention Investigation Enforcement Education and Enlistment of public support The Commission seeks to promote integrity, particularly among “persons in public life” – from the level of Ministers of Government and Members of Parliament to Permanent Secretaries, Chief Technical Officers and members of the Boards of Statutory Bodies and State Enterprises. The Commission is required to regulate the conduct of “persons exercising public functions” through the receipt of declarations of income, assets and liabilities, and by monitoring compliance with the Code of Conduct presented in Part IV of the Integrity in...

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The Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce welcomes the appointment in June, after a considerable absence, of new members of the Integrity Commission. This Commission is an important institution, established by the Constitution of Trinidad and Tobago, with a mandate to “ensure that persons in public life and persons exercising a public function comply with the laws governing integrity in the fulfilment of their duties”. The Chamber therefore shares the public view that the Commission should be regarded in accordance with the importance it deserves. The Chamber is satisfied that, by and large, the Integrity in Public Life Act (the...

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Occupational Safety and Health in Trinidad and Tobago has been governed since 1948 via the Factories Ordinance 1948 as amended in 1952. As early as 1973, Trinidad and Tobago examined a number of drafts to amend and review the health and safety law. In 2004, the Occupational Safety and Health Act was assented to, primarily because the existing legislation proved to be narrow in scope, outdated and inappropriate to deal with the expanding industrial sector, and most occupations and workplaces fell far outside the ambit of the legal framework of the Factories Ordinance of 1948. The Occupational Safety and Health...

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County Medical Officers of Health provide free assessments and investigations of occupational health and safety issues. Employers and employees can seek advice on how to create a safe workplace or lodge complaints about unsafe working conditions. Please note that you do not need to wait until there is an obvious hazard to lodge a complaint. Your County Medical Officer of Heath (CMOH) can help you avoid potential hazards and prevent workplace accidents and illness. How do I make an enquiry or complaint? You can seek advice about creating a safe working environment or make a complaint about unsafe conditions by contacting your...

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The Triumph of the Incremental Approach” “Jarndyce and Jarndyce drones on. This scarecrow of a suit has, in course of time, become so complicated that no man alive knows what it means. The parties to it understand it least, but it has been observed that no two Chancery lawyers can talk about it for five minutes without coming to a total disagreement as to all the premises. Innumerable children have been born into the cause; innumerable young people have married into it; innumerable old people have died out of it. Scores of persons have deliriously found themselves made parties in Jarndyce...

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The very fact that the first set of rules to be legislated and applied by the Environmental Management Authority (EMA) attempted to address the noise pollution phenomenon suggests that perhaps the Government felt it could be less difficult than, say, the air, water and hazardous/toxic materials pollution problems. The noise pollution rules have been in force for a decade, hence the key question? Have they made any difference? I am not aware of any recent objective surveys of current noise pollution in comparison with earlier ones, but subjectively, and from reading many public complaints, I am inclined to the view...

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The Labour Market Inspectorate division of the Ministry of Labour and Small and Micro-Enterprise Development ensures that both employers and employees are aware of the rights of workers, and that these rights are respected. Workers' rights are protected by law in Trinidad and Tobago. Some of these rights include minimum wage, rate of pay, hours of work, overtime work, meal break, rest period, vacation leave, sick leave, and maternity benefits. Clarification on the rights of workers according to the terms and conditions of work and the relevant legislation can be sought at the Ministry of Labour and Small...

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Trinidad and Tobago nationals travelling abroad sometimes experience financial difficulties due to unforeseen circumstances. Such situations can usually be resolved easily and quickly by transferring money from Trinidad and Tobago through commercial money transfer agencies. Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Missions can provide information on local money transfer agencies. If these channels are not available, the Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Mission can contact your relatives or friends in Trinidad and Tobago to ask them to send you funds either directly or through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is unable, under any circumstances, to give...

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If a family member or friend goes missing in a foreign country or if you are concerned about the welfare of a family member who is overseas, Trinidad and Tobago Overseas Missions can help. What should I do? You should first make a thorough check to determine if you can locate the missing person. You should then contact the police in the country in which the missing person resides and file a missing persons report. If you are unsuccessful in locating the missing person, contact the nearest Trinidad and Tobago Mission. Follow the link below for a list of Overseas Missions. Trinidad and Tobago...

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Authentication is when a document is endorsed with the Apostille Stamp, thereby legalizing it for use in another member country under the terms laid out in the Hague Convention October 1961. What is the Apostille Stamp? An Apostille Stamp is used for international verification of the signature on your document/s. Documents legalized abroad, to be used in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago cannot be authenticated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The document should bear the Apostille stamp of the country from which it emanated and will be recognized by the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. An Apostille consists of the...

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