About the Book
Labour Law in the Commonwealth Caribbean by Deborah Thomas-Felix is a new publication that deals with subjects that are inherently germane to industrial relations.
The publication focuses on several subjects including 'Management Prerogative', 'Fixed Term Contracts', 'Lay-off', 'Retrenchment', 'Dismissals', 'Reinstatement' and 'Labour-supply Contracts' (also called, 'Labour-only Contracts').
The publication brings under one "umbrella" for examination, subjects that are critical for dealing with policies affecting the world of work, national development as well as long-term recovery and transformation following crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This is definitely a ‘’must-have” resource material for attorneys-at-law, industrial relations practitioners, human resource specialists and aspiring professionals in the field of industrial relations.”
“President Thomas-Felix has been able to combine her extensive practical and rich experience at the Industrial Court for so many years, and her well-known legal expertise, to produce a book that is so much needed, not just for Trinidad and Tobago but the entire region."
“A compelling, detailed book on the intricacies of Labour Law and Industrial Relations.”
“Lots of books claim to provide strategies and solutions to Human Capital issues and challenges. This book was written by one of the finest minds on the subject in this jurisdiction and offers a hands-on, practical guide to help you make better and more informed choices. It is highly recommended to both the lay person and practitioners in the business.”
“One of the first of its kind in the Caribbean, this unique book highlights critical areas in industrial relations and illustrates several cases on labour law which provide clarity and guidance to anyone seeking to better understand the practice of industrial relations in the Caribbean."
About the Author
Mrs. Deborah Thomas-Felix, is known and admired locally, regionally and internationally for her wealth of knowledge and experience as a judicial officer and court administrator.
In 1990, after practicing as an Attorney at Law, Mrs. Thomas-Felix became the youngest person in Trinidad and Tobago to be elevated to the bench as Magistrate. Within four short years, she attained the position of Senior Magistrate. In 1995, she made a career shift to assist the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines in the structuring and establishment of the Family Court of St Vincent and the Grenadines of which she became President. This court was the first Family Court to be established in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).
"This is a truly timely and treasured text. It’s of immense practical value to all involved in the field of industrial relations, including lawyers, trade unionists, employers, teachers, researchers…right across the region. A must read!”
"President Deborah Thomas-Felix, in her relatively short time at the helm of the Industrial Court, has led the way in bringing about much needed innovation and modernization to an institution that is so critical to ensuring industrial relations stability in Trinidad and Tobago."
"Her Honour has applied her impressive combination of knowledge, skills and experience to breathe new life into the Court and to enhance its reputation and relevance to industrial relations practitioners on all sides of civil society. Her book will undoubtedly serve as an essential guide for all in the field for years to come."
“The Distinguished President of the Industrial Court of Trinidad and Tobago has done the country and our region a great service in writing and publishing this important work. A just and fair working environment requires transparent laws, robust systems and just and fair adjudication."
"The contribution of the Thomas-Felix Court to the evolution of industrial relations jurisprudence is noteworthy and deeply appreciated; and the lessons needed to be documented.”