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SHTA labor seminar presented by VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne attracts sixty participants
The St. Maarten Hospitality & Trade Association (SHTA) organized a labor seminar on Thursday, 16 August. The seminar 'Prevention is Better than Cure' was presented by law firm VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne. Around sixty people attended at the Divi Little Bay Resort. SHTA Robert Dubourcq opened the seminar and then handed over to the specialized attorneys of VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne. The next two hours, interactive presentations kept the audience's attention.
Partner Molly Steward kicked off and introduced attorneys Thies Leijsen and Michiel van den Brink . Mr. Leijsen started his presentation by pointing out the basic elements of an employment contract and the differences between an employment contract and other contracts, such as service contracts. Furthermore, he exemplified the possibilities in flexible employment relationships such as for seasonal work. Also, he enlightened his audience on short-term contracts.
Attorney Thies Leijsen
Next, local VanEps Kunneman VanDoorne attorney Michiel van den Brink offered information on a very important aspect of employment contracts: the termination thereof. After the theory, Michiel used several cases. An interactive exchange with the attendances was the result.
Attorney Michiel van den Brink
Leijsen took the presentation further, discussing subjects such as internet use, privacy, social media and drug/alcohol (ab)use. Michiel ended the seminar with yet another key piece of information for employers, payment of salary during sick leave.
At the end of the presentation the lawyer team answered all questions of the attending HR Managers, office directors, hotel managers and shop owners. Subsequently the seminar was concluded with drinks at the outside bar of the Divi Little Bay Resort.
“The Seminar was a way of giving SHTA Members a forum in which they could be exposed to important legal information to assist with managing their staff, understanding the labor laws as they evolve within the new structure for Country St. Maarten and dealing with the many types of service and employment contracts. At the same time it is not just the rights of the employer that is important but we at SHTA believe that the rights of the employee are also important and in order to ensure that those rights are protected, we hope through informative seminars such as this, to arm our members with the knowledge and procedure for properly handling employment matters.” SHTA's executive director Alfred Harley said.
Source: Today newspaper St. Maarten Saturday 18 August.