Company pleads guilty to second labor offense

Attorney suggests paying further monthly installments

A company charged with a second offense of failing to comply with an order of a labor tribunal entered a guilty plea in Summary Court on Thursday. 

Aralco Cayman Ltd. was charged with failing to comply with an order to make compensation of $3,500 for severance pay before Dec. 18, 2014. 

Defense attorney John Furniss said Winston Salmon – named in the charge as company director along with Terrence Kheller – accepted on behalf of the company that the monies were due as a result of the tribunal hearing. 

Mr. Furniss explained that Aralco already has an order against the company for a substantial sum and was paying $600 monthly. He asked that the company be ordered to continue paying $600 per month to satisfy this claim after the first amount is paid. 

In July, Magistrate Philippa MacFarlane ordered monthly payments to satisfy a tribunal order for payment of $11,970 in compensation to another employee. Deadline for payment in that matter was set as Dec. 31, 2016. 

Chief Magistrate Nova Hall did not accept Mr. Furniss’s suggestion. She pointed out that the charge was for severance pay plus interest. She said she need a precise calculation as to the specific amount to be compensated. 

The matter was therefore set for mention again on Oct. 22.