Addressing sick leave plight

BEC Executive Director, Tony Walcott
BEC Executive Director, Tony Walcott

The impact which sick leave is having on the Barbadian economy will be made clearer later this week.

That is when the Barbados Employers Confederation brings together a high-level panel of experts to examine Sick Leave – The Employers’ Plight versus The Employees’ Right on Thursday evening at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

BEC Executive Director, Tony Walcott told a press conference this morning at their Brittons Hill, St. Michael offices that businesses had been experiencing serious challenges both with sick leave and absenteeism and these issues would be discussed by such persons as President of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners, Dr. Carlos Chase; Delcia Burke of the National Union of Public Workers; Kevin Harris of the National Insurance Department; and Margret Estwick from Sagicor Life Inc. and BEC Council member.

“The combination of the panel as you can see is labour, Government, academia and the private sector,” Walcott said.

Chief Excutive Officer of the Cave Hill School of Business Dr. Jennine Comma will moderate the 5 p.m. discussions. This, Walcott noted, was just part of the BEC’s week of activities, which will coincide with its 53rd annual general meeting/luncheon on Wednesday, also at the Llooyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Minister of Industry,†International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, Donville Inniss, will address the function on the topic Facing Reality – Barbados’ Future.

Events continue on Saturday with a breast cancer public awareness zumba workout in the BEC car park between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. The organisation is requesting a contribution of $15 to breast cancer treatment in Barbados. The celebrations will conclude on Sunday morning with a thanksgiving church service at the St. Barnabas Anglican Church.

Today, the BEC also launched The Red Book: A Guide to Employment Relations in Barbados. The publication, which is expected to be available†next week, seeks to address some of the issues surrounding recent changes to pieces of industrial relations legislation and bring them current for all employers, added the Employers Confederation head. (EJ)†

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