Chamber, Labour join to offer HR course

The Chamber’s Professional Development and Training Centre is partnering with the Department of Labour and Pensions and the Ministry responsible for Employment to offer a Human Resource Compliance course dealing with the proper construction of employment contracts.

The first course is set for 28 February at the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce training facilities in its Governor’s Square offices in Grand Cayman.

The course, HR Compliance 1 – Fundamentals of Employment Contracts, will feature a combination of theory and fundamentals with a hands-on approach in order to enhance confidence levels in the drafting and amending of proper employment contracts, primarily in compliance with the Labour Law (2011 Revision) and “best practices”.

Attendees will be given a solid basis for developing their own instruments as well as appreciate the legislative mandate for Employment Contracts, and penalties for non-compliance. Attendees will also have an opportunity to practice on developing or fine tuning their organisation’s own employment contract.

“This new partnership with the Department of Labour and Pensions and the Ministry responsible for employment compliments the course offerings of the Chamber’s Professional Development and Training Centre,” said Wil Pineau, chief executive officer of the Chamber of Commerce.

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The one-day course will be facilitated by Mario Ebanks, director of the Department of Labour and Pensions.

“I am delighted that Mr. Mario Ebanks will be delivering the first of what we hope will be several employment related courses for Chamber members,” Mr. Pineau said. “Learning the best practices for developing employment contracts will help to foster a positive working environment for employers and employees and Mr. Ebanks’ knowledge and professional experience will be extremely useful to anyone who enrols in the course.”

Mr. Ebanks is a graduate of the School of Business Administration of the University of Miami, and holds a bachelor’s degree in international finance and marketing, with a minor in economics. He also holds a master’s in business administration from the University of Tennessee. He is also a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and SHRM “Business of Human Resources” executive certification series, as well as a participant in the Disney’s Human Resource Management certificate programme. He has served in various capacities in both the private and public sectors, where he maintains extensive and high-level contacts.

“I am delighted to join forces with the Chamber of Commerce on this important matter, seeing that when I was the manager of the chamber in the mid 1980’s to 1991 I played a key role in reviving the training programme,” Mr. Ebanks said. “Having proper employment contracts is one of the most crucial areas to ensure tranquil workplace relations in the Cayman Islands, and it is severely lacking.

“I encourage business owners and managers to attend this course, to learn and share about how to properly construct and administer employment contracts, and thereby allow their workplace to be one of excellence,” he added. “The Department of Labour and the Ministry of Employment looks forward to working with other partners and stakeholders to promote best practices and to instil a culture of compliance.”

The one-day course costs $150 for chamber members and $225 for future members. Further information is available at

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