Have you ever been sexually harassed at work?

Friday, 29 August 2014

Truancy and Home-schooling Law

Q: Who is responsible for a child regularly missing school; the parent or school? What about if it's for home-schooling?

A: According to s.77 of the Education Act 1996, as amended, it is the duty of parents to secure the education of their children. Failure to do this can result in a fine of TT$75, in accordance with s.83(1)

Home-schooling is legal according to s.78(a), but permission is required from the Minister of Education, which is based on his/her satisfaction with the home-schooling curriculum. 

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Offences under the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Regulations

A lot of road traffic tickets can be beaten with the right advice. Every time I go to Magistrate's Court I see the errors on tickets, but regular citizens don't realise that a lot of those mistakes can result in a ticket being thrown out.

With that being said, I'm hoping the list below will help persons determine whether or not the ticket received from a Police Officer or Traffic Warden is fair and legal. It will also assist in ensuring that your vehicle is fully compliant with the motor vehicle and road traffic laws of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic Regulations are contained in the Motor Vehicle and Road Traffic Act 1934, as amended.

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Dance-hall License

Q: Do I need permission to have a weekly karaoke event at my bar?

A: Yes. According to Section 2 of the Theatres and Dance Halls Act 1934, as amended, a “dance hall” means any building, tent or other erection open to the public gratuitously or otherwise, where public dancing or singing takes place.

S. 3(1) - After the commencement of this Act a place within a specified area shall not be used as a theatre or dance hall without a licence.

A license is acquired through an application to the Magistrate's court in the district of the venue, and is granted for 12 months at a time.