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WORC issues $125K administrative fine

Local News 07 Jul, 2023 1 Comments Follow News

WORC issues $125K administrative fine

Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) carried out an investigation on a local fast food chain which resulted in levying an administrative fine of CI $125,325.00, which was collected on 15th June.

The investigation was initiated based on information WORC received. With the collaboration of the Department of Labour and Pensions (DLP), the investigation advanced which resulted in finding fourteen (14) counts of employing persons outside the terms of their permits and one (1) count of making a false representation to WORC.

Deputy Director of Compliance at WORC Mr. Mervin Manderson stated “The investigation was carried out in a very efficient and professional manner by the lead officer on the case and I am proud of the officer and all team members who assisted. I also want to say a big thank you to the DLP team for their assistance on this case. The actions by the DLP officers played a pivotal role in the success of the investigation.”

He further said “I encourage employers to ensure your staff have valid work permits and that their duties match the occupation on the permit that has been approved by WORC. We prefer to have compliant employers rather than having to levy such penalties on our local businesses however, we will meet our obligations to bring justice to those who breach our Immigration rules.”

Persons can make a complaint to WORC by emailing worccomplaints@gov.ky or online by visiting www.WORC.ky.

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08 Jul, 2023

When corporations violate the law so brazenly, they should be publicly named as a form of deterrence and accountability. It will also make their current and potential employees aware of what they might be wary of in the way of work relations. Most often when a small business or a sole proprietor is fined for the same violations they are named; it is expected that a franchise from a mega-corp would be as well.