Employer faces holiday, overtime charges

An employer who has three businesses faces 47 charges for allegedly failing to pay overtime or public holiday remuneration, including amounts allegedly owed to employees ranging between $30 and $1,182.50, mostly in 2014. 

Lincoln Robinson, 46, was charged trading as H&A Maintenance and Construction, H&A Janitorial, and Housekeepers of Cayman. He appeared in Summary Court on Tuesday. 

In general, overtime pay is at least one-and-one-half times an employee’s basic hourly wage. Public holiday pay is generally double the normal rate of pay. 

Defense attorney Richard Barton asked for time to study the papers. 

Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions Patrick Moran said, “If there is a legal argument to be raised, that should be flagged before the next hearing.” 

He was referring to a timetable in the new practice direction issued by Chief Justice Anthony Smellie for criminal case management in the Summary Court. The direction, which came into effect on Sept. 1, is meant to reduce delays and improve efficiency. 

Chief Magistrate Nova Hall set the next hearing for Sept. 17.