Ex-minister in labour breach

| 23/09/2014

(CNS): Mark Scotland, the former health minister during the previous UDP government and the later minority Cabinet, is facing possible charges over breaches of the labour law alongside his business colleagues at ARCP Ltd, according to information released by the Department of Labour & Pensions. Scotland is listed as one of the owners of the firm, along with Peter Young and Justin Woods, charged with failing to pay outstanding wages. Although the officials said the cash has now been paid, the matter remains in the Summary Court. The former minister’s company is one of eight businesses that are now being named and shamed for labour law infractions that have reached the courts.

Although the enforcement arm of the labour department has been naming and shaming employers who are breaking the pensions law, this is the first list released to the public listing bosses whose labour law breaches have taken them to the courts. With hundreds of employers suspected of breaking numerous labour related laws, the eight cases represent only a tiny fraction but demonstrate some action by the authorities to hold employers to account.

Island Builders Ltd, owned by Dean and Jennifer Scott, face 106 charges of Failure to Pay Overtime Pay, contrary to section 25 (1) of the Labour Law (2011 Revision). That case was mentioned in Summary Court on June 11 and was adjourned to March next year.

The former president of the CITA, Harry Lalli, is also facing 38 charges of not paying overtime, officials revealed, in relation to his company Front Door Cayman Ltd. That case was adjourned last week until next month.

Meanwhile, the owner of Sail Inn Restaurant, Mario Rankin, is also facing 28 counts of failing to pay overtime and his case is expected to be back before the magistrate in January. Michael Witter’s M&R Construction has four charges against him for failing to comply with an award of a Labour Tribunal contrary to section 76 of the Labour Law (2011 Revision). This case is expected to be set for a trial date next month.

Aralco Ltd, owned by Winston Salmon, faces one charge of failing to comply with the Labour Tribunal and a trial date is expected to be set for that case next week.

Blue Eyes Granite, owned by George and Sally Craig, faces five charges of failing to comply with the Labour Tribunal. Their case has been adjourned sine die but officials said matters still remain on file.

K9 Security Services, owned by Sterling and Penny Rivers, is the only case on the list in which officials indicated that the 45 charges of failing to pay overtime had been disposed of and the cash owed paid.

At ARCP Ltd, Scotland, Young and Woods faced seven charges of Failing to pay Outstanding Wages contrary to section 30 of the Labour Law (2011 Revision). The labour department said all outstanding monies have been paid to employees, but it did not state when the debts were made good. The matter is still in the Summary Court awaiting further actions as per the rules of the court, the officials stated on the naming and shaming page on the department which deals with labour and pensions enforcement.

See the detials on the NPO Website here.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Very interesting.  All these amigoes were on the same HSA Board which is now being investigated and where one arrest was made. Are there more arrest in the making?

  2. Anonymous says:

    The revolution has begun!!!

    Finally the Cayman people are calling their own out.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Why are most of those cases not going to be dealt with until 2015???? Are those companies going to continue what they are doing until then? Unless they are being shut down until everything has been sorted out, then what is the point?? Yes, employees may be out of a job, but hopefully that will teach companies a lesson and also encourage employees to not sit down and take that kind of shit! 

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank God he was not re-elected..I am so emabarrased that I voted for him the first time and very glad that I didn't last time..

    What ever happened to good ethics? I know his family, good people, and they can't be happy as to how he has turned out.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Isn't he a representative of the Caymanian people?  What does that tell you?

  6. Anonymous says:

    A conviction should bar companies with such people as directors or shareholders having the benefit of any government contracts.  The wrost offenders and the ones that get rich by being corproate piggies feasting at the CIG trough.

  7. Anonymous says:

    These deadbeat employers deserve unions.

     

    Unions came into being to fight these greedy 18th century "bah humbug" employers.

  8. Anonymous says:

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    1-Unemployment/Jobs May 2013 was 14 % jump sept 2014  to 20%

    2- Dissatisfaction with the Government/politicians May 2013 was 10% jump sept 2014 to 19%

    3-Poor Leadership/Corruption/Abuse of power May 2013 was 20% drop sept 2014 to 19%

    4-Economy in general May 2013 was 16% jump sept 2014 to 18%

    5-Poor Healthcare/Hospitals/High cost of Healthcare May 2013 was 11% jump sept 2014 to 14%

    6-Ethics/Morals/Religious/Family decline/Dishonesty May 2013 was 8% jump sept 2014 to 9%

    7-Education/Poor education/Access to education May 2013 was 14% jump sept 2014  to 19%

    8-Poverty/hunger/Homelessness May 2013 was 4% jump sept 2014 to 7%

    9-Credits cards/overseas travels May 2013 was 8% drop sept 2014 to 5%

    10-Gap between the rich and Poor May 2013 was 5% jump sept 2014 to 19%

    11-Immigration May 2013 was 24% jump sept 2014 to 35%

    12-Environment/DUMP May 2013 was 34% jump sept 2014 to 67%

    13-Race relations/Racism May 2013 was 3% jump sept 2014 to 39%

     

     

     

  9. Anonymous says:

    Poor Peter.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Someone needs to expose the hotels on Seven Mile Beach and those in East End to see how much overtime they routinely take off line employee timecards

    in order to show their managers that they are only working 45 hours per week.

    No one cares about the Caymanan hotel worker because most hotel employees are non-Camanian and cannot vote,however, many Caymanias employed in the Tourism industry are being forced every day to give up pay for time worked so that their suprevisors can report zero overtime on their payroll. Employees are told to work until the work is finished while the day is reported as 9 hours only.

    I hope that Government realise that when a  company steals an employee's salary they are also stealing their pensions!!!!!!!!   

    • Anonymous says:

      What's the difference between that and the govt giving time in lieu instead of overtime and people at law firms and the financial industry working long hours with no overtime? 

      • Anon says:

        Time off in lieu means you at least get something (supposed to be for temporary overtime situation);

        In law firms and other profesional firms, professional staff accept it as they can get promotion and/or bonuses, or otherwise it is part of the culture (with salary to match hopefully)..

        So quite big difference really.

      • Nonymous says:

        Law and financial firms pay something called "discretionary year-end compensation" a.k.a. a bonus. That's the difference.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wait,,is this the same minister starting the Air Ambulance Service…Hope the pilots and staff can paid on time.. we don't want any issues when we have to get our loved ones off island.

    Is there going to be an anti -corruption investigation into his prior knowledge of at least three air ambulance companies that he derailed any attempt for them to get started?

    Things that make you go HMMMMMMM………

  12. Find an honest man says:

    My parents always taught me that you cannot fake ethics.  You either have them or you don't. 

     

  13. Anonymous says:

    Glad to see a list, as I like to buoycut businesses that mistreat their staff and break the laws!

     

  14. Anonymous says:

    And the UDP disgrace continues. Thanks for letting us know. 

    • Anonymous says:

      UDP? You forget awa? He jumped ship and went with JuJu and Rollie with PNA! He never was a true UDP.

  15. Anonymous says:

    They should also name and shame the Ministry of Education and the Labor department for some gruesome things they should answer to also.  Its not done till the fat lady sings however the all will pay soone or later..

  16. Anonymous says:

    What Dean Scott (from Cayman Brac) being accused of not paying overtime.  What a shock that must be to all that know him . . . NOT.  XXXX

    And all you big-brained people who keep hiring crews from Grand Cayman at the expense of the small Brac contractors – shame on you.

    But, alas politics, nepotism and corruption will prevail – and Island Builders WILL come out with not even a slap on the wrist (otherwise I suspect some NPO staff will get suspended). Hey that already sounds familiar – whatever happened to the Labour Official that ran Brac Office?

    Tune in March 2015 and see if I am right.

     

     
    • Anonymous says:

      The Labour officer got suspended FOR DOING A GOOD JOB.  Stepped on the wrong toes, that's all.  Anybody else like to comment on this?

  17. Anonymous says:

    Wow, and the beat goes on.

  18. Anonymous says:

    UDP values and ethics.

    • Anonymous says:

      so please tell us what PPM is? They some golden goose awa? You got the wool over your eyes my son.

  19. Anonymous says:

    If we can name and shame them why can't we name and shame rapists and child molestors?

  20. Anonymous says:

    Its about time Dean Scott got named and shamed! 

  21. Anonymous says:

    So, if I steal your watch, get caught by authorities, but give it back to you once I appear in Court on theft charges, the theft charges will be dropped and I will be set free?

  22. Anonymous says:

    His troubles are just starting

  23. ShoG says:

    Wouldn’t be shocked if that little Airline with the turtle was in breach as well.

    • Anonymous says:

      The airline with the turtle is in breach – in breach of overtime and not paying pension and vacation pay to some. The powers that be at the top stop the investigation every time someone complains.