Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some questions frequently asked and their responses. Should you require more information or if you do not see a question you may have for us, contact us today Email:, Tel: +1(246) 435-4753 or Fax: +1(246) 435-2907.

Employee Leave & Public Holidays

  • How do you accurately calculate the holiday entitlement due to an employee who has been terminated, becomes redundant or resigned from the organization?
  • Do I need to pay employees for public holidays when no work is performed?
  • How do you treat public holidays that fall during an employee’s vacation?
  • How many uncertified sick days are employees entitled to per year?
  • What information must be recorded on a Certificate of Illness?
  • What do I do when an employee is out of office for an extended period of time on certified sick leave (not resulting from work related injury)?
  • What is the maximum length of jury leave?


  • What is the difference between Lay Off and Short time?
  • Do off days need to be scheduled consecutively?
  • Can an employee refuse to work on their day of religious worship?
  • Who is a Domestic Worker?
  • What is the retirement age in Barbados?
  • Can an employee apply for early pension from NIS?

Health & Safety

  • What legislation should I reference for Health & Safety guidance?
  • What is a Joint Safety Committee and do I need to form one in my business?
  • Who selects the members of the Joint Safety Committee?
  • Are employers required to report workplace accidents, and if so, to whom?
  • Can I discipline an employee who does not follow established Safety & Health rules?

Labour Legislation

  • What is the Minimum Wage in Barbados?
  • What is the statutory requirement for days in lieu of overtime payment?
  • What is the actual status of the Employment Rights Act and when does it become law?
  • The ERA introduces a certificate of Employment Record, is there a template that can be used?

Termination of Services

  • What is considered termination of services?
  • What payments do I need to make to employees that are terminated?
  • What makes a person entitled to Severance?
  • Within what time period do I have to pay severance?
  • What statutory deductions should be made from final payments?
  • When should an employer issue a Termination Certificate?