Marvo Y. Leacock v Bjerkhamn Associates Ltd

JudgeKathy-A. Hamblin,Beverley Beckles,John Williams
Judgment Date11 October 2017
CourtEmployment Rights Tribunal (Barbados)
Docket NumberNO. ERT 025/2014



Kathy-A. Hamblin, Deputy Chairman

Beverley Beckles, Employees' Representative

John Williams, Employers' Representative

NO. ERT 025/2014

Marvo Y. Leacock
Bjerkhamn Associates Limited

Mr. Glenroy Goddard, Attorney-at-Law for the Claimant who was present.

The Respondent was not in attendance


The majority decision of the Tribunal is that the notice given by the Respondent Employer, Bjerkhamn Associates Limited to the Claimant, Marvo Y. Leacock was inadequate in that it was less than the one month's notice which the Respondent was required to give the Claimant pursuant to Section 22 (3) (a) of the Employment Rights Act, 2012–9 (as amended) (“the Act”). The effective date of the notice was November 25, 2013, and the date of termination was November 29, 2013.

Accordingly, the Respondent is in breach of Section 24(1) (b) of the Act and is ordered to pay the Claimant

being the total sum of $5,900.00, on or before the 8 th day of November, 2017.

If the Respondent fails to pay the said sum of $5.900.00 on or before the 8 th day of November, 2017, the Respondent shall pay to the Claimant in addition to the said sum of $5,900.00, a sum equaling four weeks' wages for each month or part thereof that the said sum of $5,900.00 remains unpaid.

  • i) The sum of $4,200.00 for outstanding notice for one month; and

  • ii) Two weeks' wages in the sum of $1,700.00


The unanimous decision of the Tribunal is, that the second ground on which the Claimant claims, is dismissed. The Claimant having raised questions relating to (a) her right to a severance payment based on four years' completed service and, (b) the amount of that severance, those matters, though timely brought before this Tribunal are, pursuant to section 38 (1) of the Severance Payments Act, Chapter 355A of the Laws of Barbados, for determination by the Tribunal constituted in accordance with the Sixth Schedule of the Severance Payments Act.

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