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General Employment Information

domestic-worker

Minimum Wages

  • The National Minimum Wage in Trinidad and Tobago is $15.00 per hour
  • A normal workday is 8 hours and a normal work week is 40 hours
  • Employees who work overtime are entitled to overtime rates
  • Employees who work on public holidays and off days are entitled to be paid double time rates
  • Employees are entitled to a meal break during the workday
  • Employers are required to keep records to show compliance with the Minimum Wages Orders

Maternity Protection

  • A pregnant worker is entitled to 14 weeks maternity leave
  • Her employer is obligated to pay her 1 month full pay and 2 months half pay during the period of maternity leave
  • A pregnant worker is entitled to reasonable time off from work with pay for pre-natal care
  • A worker is entitled to resume work following her maternity leave
  • An employer is required to keep records to show compliance with the Maternity Protection Act

Child Labour

  • Minimum age for employment is 16 years
  • It is illegal to employ a child under the age of 16 years
  • Employers are required to keep a special register for young person’s between the ages of 16 to 18 years

Domestic Worker

  • A Domestic Worker is an employee who carries out any or all duties that are part of the normal functioning of a household, such as cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing etc.
  • Domestic Workers are entitled to 2 weeks vacation leave and 14 days sick leave per year
  • Domestic workers must have his/her duties, hours of work and rest periods clearly set out in writing by the employer
  • Employers of Domestic Workers are required to keep records to show compliance with labour laws