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Prohibition against Termination

An employer shall not terminate the services of an employee on any of the following grounds:

1. Trade union membership or participation in trade union activities outside working hours or, with the consent of the employer, within working hours.

2. Seeking office as, or acting as the capacity of, an employee representative.

3. Making a complaint or participating in proceedings against an employer involving an alleged violation of laws and regulation.

4. Race, colour, sex, marital status, pregnancy, religion, political opinion, nationality or social origin.

5. Reasonable absence from work due to family emergencies or responsibilities.

6. Absence from work during maternity leave as certified by a medical practitioner.

7. Absence from work due to injury or illness provided that the employee submits a medical certificate to his employer by the third day of absence.

8. Absence from work in the performance of jury service as required by law.

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Persons who were laid off as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic and have received their first payment for unemployment benefit from the National Insurance Services (NIS) are asked to provide the following information to the Labour Department in order to continue receiving their fortnightly payments:

· Employment Date from _____(dd/mm/yy) to (dd/mm/yy)_____

· Occupation

· Last day for which you were paid

· Expected date of re-employment, if known: _____(dd/mm/yy) to (dd/mm/yy)_____

This information is needed in order to complete your Certificate of Continuous Unemployment Form which would be submitted to the NIS on your behalf. The information is required urgently.

Please send information to email address: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You may also contact at any of the following numbers: 497-3868 (WhatsApp), 534-9868 or 457-1789.




In light of the Coronavirus pandemic and the challenges that it is presenting to the business community and workers alike, the Department of Labour wishes to publish guidelines to assist you in managing the situation.

Guidelines For Employer/Employers for COVID-19

Labour And Employment Guidance For Employers And Employees For COVID-19


The Labour Department hosted a one day consultation workshop last week Thursday 28th June, 2018  at the NIS Conference Room to review the draft Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Profile for Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

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