New Rules Prevent Undue Delays in Settling Labor Disputes

first_imgThe Ministry of Labor has instituted stringent measures aimed at protecting employers and employees at workplaces across the country.According to a statement issued by the entity’s Director of Communications J. Kortu Nyandibo, quoting Minister Neto Z. Lighe, the new guidelines, named; ‘Regulation 19’ is intended to “facilitate the speedy and expeditious disposition of all Labor actions filed before it.”The move is to afford the Ministry the opportunity to quickly arrest labor related matters, arising from workplaces.“Pursuant to Section 34.2(a) of the Executive Law which empowers and authorizes the Ministry to regulate and set guidelines for the protection of the rights of both employees and employers in the country, and in conformity with Section 4302 (3) of Chapter 42 of the Labor Practices Law of Liberia, the ministry announces the regulation setting forth the timing and duration of labor hearings,” Lighe declared.Providing details about the new rules, the Labor boss said Section 1 of Regulation 19 specifies and mandates that “all Labor hearings at the Ministry of Labor shall be concluded in a minimum of two months and the maximum of six months.’’“All hearing officers are mandated in the spirit of speedy and expeditious disposition of Labor actions or disputes, to declare null and void, all cases pending before the Ministry of Labor and which the parties litigant and/or their counsels have failed to proceed or continue after 120 days, for abandonment and failure to proceed.“Section 2 also assures that this mandate is in keeping with Article II Section 9 of Appendix No. 3 of the Labor Law and Labor Practices Law of Liberia,” he said.According to Lighe, pronouncement of this regulation becomes imperative owing to the increased number of protracted cases on the docket of hearing officers at the Division of Labor Standards.  It therefore is deemed expedient to guide against undue delays in handling labor disputes.It is in the same spirit and intent of speedy and timely investigation of labor cases that the question of default judgment was raised and regulated in several labor related laws introduced by the government of Liberia, said Lighe.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rose Hall security guard murdered

first_img– $1.5M removed from Corentyne storeBy Andrew CarmichaelA security guard was found dead in a store at Rose Hall Town, Corentyne, Berbice on Saturday night moments before it was discovered that the store had been burglarised and $1.5 million in cash was missing.The dead man has been identified as Munisperen Iyasammy Monien, 53, of Lot 45 Clifton, Port Mourant, Corentyne, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Monien’s body was discovered in a pool of blood in a storeroom at SukhsramDead: Munisperen Iyasammy MonienGeneral Store at Lot 13 Public Road, Rose Hall Town.Investigators estimate that Monien was murdered between 19:00h and 20:00h on Saturday.Details are still sketchy as to what alerted investigators to visit the premises where the discovery was made. <<>> was told that when the store was closed on Saturday afternoon, between $1.5 million and $2 million in cash was locked in a drawer inside.The owners of the store are overseas, and the manager who lives nearby has since been taken into custody.Reports indicate that when the building was checked, several locks were open and it is believed that the locks were left open on Saturday as the business was closed.This publication was shown a gap in the back fence of the otherwise well-secured premises. Investigators are working on the theory that the perpetrator gained entry to the yard, which is secured by the high concrete fence, by climbing through theThe hole in the fence that it is suspected was used for entry and exitopening.However, in order to get there, one would have to jump over a neighbour’s fence and go to the back of that yard before climbing into the yard which houses the general store.Meanwhile, Monien had reported on Wednesday evening, someone was attempting to use an old refrigerator which had been lying next to the building to gain entry. The now dead security guard had reported that he was able to identify the person who had placed the old refrigerator next to the fence and was in the process of climbing over the fence when an alarm was raised.The following day, he gave a statement to the Police to that effect.The suspect, who lives a street away, was arrested on Sunday morning as investigators probed the murder. Police also arrested the parents of the suspect.The store where the incident took placeIt has been reported that the suspect’s parents were heard calling for the guard from the yard next door where they live. “Guardie, Guardie…. Guardie not answering, like Guardie dead,” this newspaper was told one neighbour overheard the parents saying.As the investigation intensified and it was discovered that doors to the back of the upper flat of the building were not properly secured, all of the employees, including the store manager, were taken into custody.The now dead man’s brother, Lloyd Arasammy, told <<>>that his brother’s throat was slashed. He said he was told of the incident shortly after midnight on Saturday and when he went to the scene, the Police allowed him to view the body but from a distance.“I saw my brother’s left side head with a long burst on it and his throat slash but not too deep, and I was made to understand that his foot is broken, but I couldn’t tell when I saw him,” he explained.This publication was informed by another source that one of the security guard’s hands was also broken and that there was blood splatter in the building, indicating that there might have been a struggle.Police continue to investigate.last_img read more