Financial Secretary Darlene Morrison has admitted that the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service has become aware of employment contracts that are in breach of the ministry’s policy and guidelines but noted that there are no prescribed sanctions for the violations.
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Her remarks come against the background of a concern highlighted by Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis in her 2021 annual report in relation to the termination clause of the contract of Shane Dalling, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA).
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According to Monroe Ellis, the termination clause in Dalling’s contract is not in keeping with the Fixed-Term Contract Officers Policy Guidelines issued by the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service.
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She said that the FLA is exposed to the risk of incurring additional termination costs if the CEO’s contract is ended prematurely.
“The termination clause in the CEO’s five-year contract dated April 29, 2020, states that ‘either party may terminate this agreement by giving to the other two months’ notice in writing. Termination by the Firearm Licensing Authority before completion of the contract period shall be accompanied by payment of gross salary for the remaining period of the contract but not exceeding two and one-half year’s gross salary, plus prorated gratuity’,” the report said.
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