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Trinidad Employers Being Reminded of Recent Minimum Wage Increase

Business Published On February 04, 2020 06:18 AM
Staff Consortium | February 04, 2020 06:18:07 AM

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO — The T&T Ministry of Labor and Small Enterprise Development (MOLSED) recently reminded all employers of minimum wage workers in the country that the government has increased the national minimum wage from $15.00 to $17.50 ($2.59 USD) per hour, effective December 01, 2019.

As a result, no worker, including migrant workers should be paid less than $17.50 per hour which is equivalent to a monthly salary of $3033.33 (or $449.03 USD), the government said. It added that it's important to note that a minimum wage worker is classified as any worker earning an hourly wage of $26.25 per hour or less and by law.

"These workers are entitled to benefits such as overtime rates, vacation leave, sick leave, meal breaks under the Minimum Wages Act Chapter 88:04," the T&T government said.

T&T's Labor Inspectorate Unit of the Ministry is currently on a National Minimum Wage Sensitization drive, and one of its mandate is to monitor and enforce the Minimum Wages Act and Orders. This Unit advises workers and their employers on their Rights and Responsibilities and also conducts inspections and investigates complaints to ensure compliance with the law, the government said.

Employers of Minimum Wage Workers are required to:

  • Keep, maintain and retain wage records for a period of three (3) years in order to show compliance
  • Provide the Inspector with information about wages and terms and conditions of work
  • Allow the Inspector to inspect wage records and pay sheets
  • Permit the Inspector to interview workers

 

Breaches to the law can lead to penalties and fines by the Industrial Court, the government said.

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