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19 inspected, 16 fined for not complying with Labour Laws in Operation Clean Sweep, St. Maarten

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sixteen given six weeks to leave island

PHILIPSBURG – Nineteen businesses were inspected and sixteen fined for not complying with the labour laws during Operation Clean Sweep in February and March.

The Immigration Mobile Control Unit picked up 51 persons during the random controls at restaurants, bars, hotels, security companies, supermarkets and casinos around the island. The establishments controlled were advised on regulations, some were issued written warnings and others fined, depending on the violation. The joint control was conducted by Immigration and Border Protection Service (IBP), VKS, Marechaussees, the Health Inspectorate, Labour, police and Social and Health Insurance SZV. Six of those picked up were given six weeks to leave the island. Before leaving they were required to report to the Immigration office every other week. This measure was taken due to the lack of holding cells, it was stated in a press release on the operation.  Thirty of those picked up were naturalised Dutch citizens who were not in possession of their documents at the time of inspection. Fifteen persons were in possession of incorrect work permits, working for a company other than the one for which their permit had been issued. They were fined for this infraction. One business had one person who was not insured, five businesses were not registered, 12 did not have a visible work schedule for employees and labour inspectors, eight did not have a personnel list, three did not have an overtime list, one was without general provision regarding working hours and rest periods, and one did not pay overtime to its employees.   In the area of safety, two businesses were fined for unsanitary and insufficient urinals; two did not take measures to prevent irritating vapours, gases or dust in their establishments; two did not take measures to prevent accidents or have in place the standard procedures necessary to provide assistance in case of accidents; and one did not comply with regulations concerning clean drinking water, which must be available to employees free of charge. Authorities said they would continue their action this week. “We are hereby advising all businesses to have all of their documents in order, such as business register, a personnel list, overtime register, labour registration list, accident insurance, work schedule, insurance, and working hours list,” businesses were advised. Authorities also are urging all persons to carry valid identification and their residence/work permits. For safety compliance, businesses are urged to adhere to regulations relating to cleanliness, procedures in case of accidents, clean drinking water for employees, sufficient daylight and efficient artificial lighting, and sufficient ventilation.

Bron: The Daily Herald, St. Maarten

 

 

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