Minding Your Legal Affairs

The Employee’s Rights – Part IV In the last article, The Employee’s Rights – Part III, we started to look at leave entitlements under the Employment Act. In this Part, we will address Maternity Leave. Entitlement to Maternity Leave Maternity leave is for female employees who have a baby by reason of a pregnancy. It is in addition to any other leave, including annual leave (vacation leave) and sick leave. Conditions for Grant of Maternity Leave The employee must have been continuously employed with that employer for a continuous period of 18 months or more before the date of her … Continue reading


A routine audit of the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority has shown that the allegations which surfaced late last year that the Authority’s credit card had been misused are false and completely without any basis. The audit was conducted by the Auditor General’s Department as part of the routine work of this department. It had been alleged last year in some public media that the Authority’s credit card had been used to purchase airline tickets and pay for accommodations and meals in the UK for a Grenadian national and his wife; all of which had nothing to do with the … Continue reading

Acting Commissioner of Police Edvin Martin on Sick Leave

As reports circulate about the hospitalisation of Acting Commissioner of Police, Edvin Martin, Minister of Health, Nickolas Steele has assured the nation that everything is in order at the hierarchy of the Royal Grenada Police Force (RGPF). Minister Steele’s comment at Tuesday’s weekly post-Cabinet Press Briefing at the Ministerial Complex conference Room, was the first by government on the illness of Commissioner Martin following widespread news in the country that the island’s top cop had fallen ill on the job. THE NEW TODAY understands that just after returning from a health check-up in Canada, Martin suffered a mild stroke and … Continue reading

Deployment of FADs to aid Melville Street fishermen

Just weeks after complaints of a shortage of fish on the island, fishermen of the Melville Street Fishing Corporation have deployed two Fish Aggregating Devices (FADs) that are expected to yield their catches. The FADs were made possible through the efforts of GRENCASE which acceded to the request of the Corporation during an evaluation of GRENCASE’s Boat Engine Repairs 2018 project which indicated that they were in need of those devices. The FADs were made available through the help of the Australian government at a cost of $16,000.00. Speaking at the launch ceremony held at the Melville Street Fish Market … Continue reading

Nickolas Steele: Grenada has not closed its borders to Venezuelans

Health Minister Nickolas Steele has dropped strong hints that Grenada will accept and not turn away Venezuelans who wish to come to the island in the face of massive unrest and uncertainty in the oil-rich South American republic. Speaking to reporters in St. George’s on Tuesday, the senior Cabinet Minister pointed out that Grenada’s borders are not closed. Several Venezuelans have fled the country to seek refuge elsewhere but more so in neighbouring Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia. According to Minister Steele, Grenada cannot be forgetful of the kind of assistance that the island received from Venezuela in the aftermath … Continue reading

There is more sympathy for the criminal than the sexual victims in the society

While opposition Senator, Ron Redhead has called for stiffer penalties to be inflicted on perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse, President of the Senate, Chester Humphrey is of the belief that the system sometimes favours the criminals. The two Senators expressed their views in the Upper House of Parliament as members reacted to the outcry of one parent who took to social media to lament the small sum of $3500.00 that was imposed by a Magistrate as a fine against a man charged for indecently assaulting her five year old daughter. Sen. Humphrey stated that problems that are being experienced with … Continue reading

Belt and Road Initiative Outlines Blueprint

China-Grenada Cooperation Embraces New Opportunity   By Dr. Zhao Yongchen   On April 25-27, 2019, the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) was successfully held in Beijing. The major events of the forum include opening ceremony, leaders’ roundtable, high-level meeting, 12 sub-forums and entrepreneur conference. The forum was attended by over 6,000 participants from more than 150 countries and 92 international organizations. Leaders including heads of state and government of 37 countries, as well as the Secretary-General of the United Nations and Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund attended the roundtable. As for Grenada, Hon. Gregory … Continue reading

Turmoil in Red Cross

All is not well at the Grenada Red Cross. Well-placed sources told THE NEW TODAY that the former Executive Director, Terry Charles was prevented Tuesday from entering its head office on Upper Lucas Street, St. George’s. The move against Charles was allegedly initiated by newly elected President of Red Cross, Samantha Dickson, former head of the state-run National Disaster Management Agency (NADma). According to a long-standing member of the Red Cross, Charles was asked to account for approximately EC$120, 000.00 and had requested time to put his accounting procedures in order. He said that the outgoing Executive Director who fell … Continue reading

GTUC: Child Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence have a direct impact on the workforce

Recognising that Child Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence have a heavy impact on the workforce, the Grenada Trade Unions Council has lent its voice to the call for appropriate penalties to be accorded to perpetrators. President of the GTUC, Senator Andre Lewis told reporters at a press conference that the issues of Child Sexual Abuse and Domestic Violence cannot be separated from the issues of the workforce. According to Lewis, who is a member of the Grenada Senate, this vexing problem has a direct impact on productivity at the work place. “That is why we must be involved in politics, … Continue reading

Gonsalves should go to Cuba

When a brain is made in Saint Vincent and finished in Cuba what Nationality label should be applied? In the case of Dr. Ralph Everard Gonsalves who currently is the Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, despite opposition claims that he is in office due to vote rigging and voter fraud. Yes in the case of Everard Gonsalves what should be stamped on his culo, Cuba or SVG? “Made In Cuba Non Intellectual Property”. Gonsalves has been in some way attached to Cuba since he was a student in Jamaica. The chaos he was involved in there in … Continue reading