Employers and workers are faced with unique and challenging circumstances in responding to coronavirus (COVID-19) due to the recent measures, which continue to impact organisations nationwide. As places of work re-open, employers will be faced with difficult decisions including changes to the way employees work.
The National Policy provides a comprehensive framework for achieving social inclusion and equality of opportunity for all persons with disabilities in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. The scope of the Policy covers a wide range of areas that are to be improved for the benefit of persons with disabilities. Some of these areas include legislation, raising awareness on disability issues, accessibility, education, work and employment, women and children concerns, health, habitation and rehabilitation, access to justice and a number of other areas.
The ‘Guidelines for Employers in Relation to Disability’ (‘Guidelines’) has been developed to guide employers of large, medium and small enterprises, public or private to adopt a positive strategy in managing disability related issues in the workplace.
The National Workplace Policy on HIV and AIDS (NWP) was revised in 2016 to ensure its consistency with relevant national and international targets and commitments; new developments in HIV and AIDS interventions and alignment to the ILO Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work, 2010 (No. 200), which builds on and reinforces the ILO Code of Practice on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work (2001). The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago (GoRTT) will ensure that the policy is implemented using the concept of social dialogue – including consultation and other forms of co-operation among representatives of employers and workers and the active involvement of people living with HIV.
The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others.