COVID-19 UPDATE

EMPLOYER OBLIGATIONS WITH REGARDS TO LAYOFFS

OFFICE OF THE MINISTER

MINISTRY OF IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, LABOUR AND EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

 


Three Degree Office Complex

Airport Road, Grand Turk,

Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies

Tel: 1 (649) 338-2937     Fax: 1 (649) 946-2885

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26th May, 2020

Office of the Premier

Hilly Ewing Building, Leeward Highway

Turks & Caicos Islands, British West Indies

Tel: 1 (649) 338-5750/5643     Fax: 1 (649) 946-2885

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PRESS RELEASE

 

EMPLOYER OBLIGATIONS WITH REGARDS TO LAYOFFS

 

The Ministry of Immigration, Citizenship, Labour and Employment Services in collaboration with the Labour and Employment Services in particular, would like to remind employers of their obligations and employees of their rights with regards to Lay-offs and short–time.

 

We are conscious of the economic strain that the Covid-19 pandemic has placed on the business community in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the world at large. However, Employers are hereby reminded that any change to salary and benefits must be communicated to staff.

 

Failing to communicate or come to an agreement means that the current contract takes precedence.

 

We are aware of persons being laid-off or work hours being decreased i.e. placing staff on short-time. Employers are not allowed to force staff to take leave unless it is in line with section 8. (4) of the Employment Order, which states: “An employee who fails to take vacation with pay within six weeks after it becomes due shall lose his entitlement to such vacation.”

 

The public is further reminded that in accordance with Section 102 (d) of the Immigration Ordinance 2018 Revised, it is an offence to remain within the Islands beyond the time permitted by an Immigration Officer. A person commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of $10,000.00 or to imprisonment for a term of two years, or to both; and if the offence is a continuing one, to a further fine not exceeding $100 for every day or part of a day on which the offence has continued.

 

Employers are to note that if you terminate a work permit holder during the period of airport closure, you are still responsible for the individual until it is reasonably possible for that person or persons, to leave the country.

 

Employers must also ensure that they are in full compliance with section 106 (2) of the Employment Ordinance, by ensuring that their employee/s are still in housing until they depart the Turks and Caicos Islands.

 

Employers do not have the authority to release a work permit holder to take up employment with another employer. This is an offence. A permit status can only be changed by the Director of Immigration, the Work Permit Board or the Commissioner of Labour and Employment Services, for persons to reside or engage in gainful occupations respectfully. These Permits are also issued with conditions or restrictions, as set out in the Permit.

 

Self-employed, and employed persons are reminded of their obligation to adhere to the conditions of their Work Permits as imposed by the Immigration Board.  Anyone who fails to comply with the conditions contained within their Work Permits in accordance with Regulations 35 and 42 commits an offence and is subject to prosecution.

 

As such, full adherence to the conditions is expected and if you have any questions with regards to your employment rights or status in the Turks and Caicos Islands, please contact our hotline numbers as follows: Persons in Grand Turk, South Caicos, Salt Cay and Ambergris Cay, please call 649-348-2372 and persons in North & Middle Caicos, Parrot Cay, Pine Cay and Providenciales, you are asked to call 649-348-3085.

 

As stated previously, work permit holders whose employment has been terminated and cards cancelled, will need to make travel arrangements immediately through the tourist board email address:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Please provide the following information at the time of registration:

Name

Number of Persons in your travelling party

Contact information

Country of origin/destination

 

The Employment Services Department is also encouraging all Belongers who are unemployed to register with the department. By you registering, the department will assist in finding suitable employment and ensure that your NHIP benefits continue.

 

You may register in person at the office or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by submitting your resume along with a copy of your Belonger and NHIP card. If you have any questions, please the hotline number at: 649-348-9340

 

The Ministry, Immigration Department and the Labour and Employment Services Department, would like to thank everyone in advance for their full cooperation and compliance.  

 

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STATISTICS DEPARTMENT RELEASES 2019 VITAL STATISTICS REPORT AND 2020 FIRST QUARTER BIRTHS AND TRADE BULLETINS

BEGINS

 

PRESS RELEASE

 

STATISTICS DEPARTMENT RELEASES 2019 VITAL STATISTICS REPORT AND 2020 FIRST QUARTER BIRTHS AND TRADE BULLETINS

 

The Department of Statistics is pleased to release the results of the above named report and bulletins.  

 

Vital Statistics Report 2019

The Vital Statistics Report for 2019 highlights the estimated population and other vital indicators, such as births, deaths, marriages and divorces for the period 2001 to 2019. The reports show that the mid-year population of the TCI was estimated at 41,360 and 42,953 in 2018 and 2019, respectively. It also highlights that the Turks and Caicos Islands recorded 487 live births in 2019, which was 7.0 percent higher than the 455 births recorded in 2018.

The number of deaths fluctuated over the period 2001 to 2019, with the highest number of deaths (125) being recorded in 2017. It must be pointed out, that included in these deaths for the period under consideration are Haitian nationals who drowned in TCI waters as well as other visitors who would have died while in the TCI.

A total of 415 marriages were registered in 2019 compared to 464 marriages in 2018.

NB: It should be noted that this publication gives an account mainly of events that physically occur and was recorded in the TCI.

 

Births Bulletin 2020 (1st Quarter)

The Births Bulletin highlights that the Turks and Caicos Islands recorded 104 births during the first quarter of 2020.  52.9 percent of live births were males and 47.1 percent were females.  A comparison of births by nationality of the mother for the first quarter reveal that 29.8 percent were to TCI nationals, 52.9 percent of the live births were to Haitian nationals and the remaining 17.3 percent were to other nationalities.  The majority of births for the first quarter of 2020 were from mothers in the 30 to 34 age group.

 

Trade Bulletin 2020 (1st Quarter)

The Turks and Caicos Islands Merchandise Imports totaled approximately $120.6 million for the first quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 3.4 percent when compared to the same period in 2019.  Exports from the Turks and Caicos during this period were valued at $1.3 million when compared to $2.8 million during the first quarter of 2019.  This resulted in an overall merchandise trade balance of approximately ($119.3) million during the first quarter of 2020.

 

For more information, please visit the Department of Statistics’ website, www.gov.tc/stats to view these reports.

 

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