Trinidad and Tobago is the southernmost island country in the Caribbean, consisting of the main islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and some smaller islands. The country is well known for its Indian and African cultures, reflected in its large and famous Carnival, Diwali, and Hosay celebrations. Trinidad and Tobago is also known as the birthplace of steelpan, the limbo, and music styles such as calypso, soca, rapso, parang, chutney, and chutney soca.
Pregnant employees are entitled to 14 weeks of paid maternity leave (as long as they have completed 1 year of service within their company). There is no statutory requirement for paternity leave.
Sick leave entitlements in Trinidad and Tobago depend on the industry and sector, with the entitlement usually stipulated in the employment contract.
There are 16 public holidays in Trinidad and Tobago, and employees are entitled to paid time off. The amount of paid time off depends on the industry and sector, and is generally around 2 weeks per year.
The minimum wage is TTD 17.50 per hour, and a standard workweek is 40 hours at 8 hours per day. Overtime work is regulated by employment contracts or collective agreements, and is usually paid between 150%-200% of the regular wage.
The termination process depends the employment contract or collective agreement and reason for termination. Terminations must be done with just cause.
The notice of termination has to be provided in writing, with a notice period of 30-45 days.
Severance payments depend on the employee’s length of time worked at the company:
★ TDD 23.80 - TDD 276.20 - National Insurance Scheme
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