Government of Trinidad and

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Minimum Wages

  • The National Minimum Wage in Trinidad and Tobago is seventeen dollars and fifty cents ($17.50) per hour.
  • A normal workday is eight (8) hours and a normal work week is forty (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 fourteen (14) weeks maternity leave.
  • Her employer is obligated to pay her one (1) month full pay and two (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 two (2) weeks vacation leave and fourteen (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.


Maternity Protection in the WorkplaceMaternity Protection in the Workplace

When the news breaks about a new addition to the family, planning for the baby starts. This should not only take place within the family but also in the workplace. The pregnant employee should consider that there are guidelines to follow on the job in order to access her maternity benefits at work. Likewise, there are a couple of responsibilities on the employer's part that must be fulfilled, al [ ... ]

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