Higgs & Johnson Global Managing Director, Oscar N. Johnson, Jr. (left), and Litigation Partner, Tara Archer-Glasgow (right), were presenters at The Bahamas Industrial Tribunal seminar ‘A Day of Solidarity’, which marked the Labour Day holiday and celebrations in the country.
Oscar spoke upon the implications of the Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2017 which came into effect in April 2017 and addresses the registration and control of trade unions, recognition of trade unions, and the role/scope of the Industrial Tribunal. Tara spoke on the changes to the Employment Amendment Act 2017 (“EAA”) which relate predominantly to termination by way of Redundancy and the related issue of employee layoffs. The EAA also came into force in April, 2017.
Tara noted, “While the impact that the amendments will have remains to be seen, certainly the intent is to prevent employers from indiscriminately dismissing employees on a large scale without proper notification; and placing an undue burden on the society at one time, which may have been avoided, staggered or delayed. The amendments also align, in part, our legislation with that of other countries such as the UK.”