Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : December 28th 2015 Contents A13
Monday, December 28, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
GIVING GOD THANKS
Dear friends, as we get ready to end 2015, I want to encourage you to take time to reflect on the year
and give God thanks for his faithfulness and goodness in your life.
The Lord has been good to you and your family. He has been good to our country and our people. I
know many of you also had major problems in your marriage, in your health, in your finances and you
may have experienced the death of a loved one. Some of you may have lost your job due to the
recession, but I want to strongly urge you to keep the faith and continue to love the Lord Jesus. Don't
give up, God will help you and he will take care of you. Keep your faith strong and your mind renewed
by meditating in God's Holy Word day and night. Take time for prayer and seek the face of God for
direction. Go often to the house of God and bless his holy name.
Giving God thanks in the good times and especially in times of adversity is a great way to express
your faith and worship to God.
King David said in Psalm 23: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in
green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of
righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will
fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before
me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness
and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Dear friends, as we come to the end of another year of life, please permit me to ask you a few
Are your sins forgiven? Is your life right with God? If you die today, will you go to heaven or hell?
Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour?
Please understand that the Lord Jesus loves you and he is ready to forgive you of your sins, he is
ready to give you the gift of eternal life, he is ready to fill your heart with his peace and he is ready to
bless you in every area of your life.
Please turn to him right now and receive your blessing.
PLEASE PRAY THIS PRAYER TO RECEIVE THE LORD JESUS:
Dear Lord Jesus, I thank you for all your blessing in 2015. Thank you for protecting me, thank you
for providing for me, thank you for healing me, thank you for opening doors for me, thank you for
being with me when I faced trouble and distress, thank you for your peace that preserved my heart
and mind. Lord Jesus, as we end this year, I give you my heart and I surrender my life to you. Please
forgive me of all my sins, wash my soul in the blood of your cross and fill me with your Holy Spirit.
Lord Jesus, I ask you to bless my family, bless my marriage, bless my children and help us Lord to
live for you Amen. (Please send me a text if you prayed the prayer.)
Rev. Peter Narinesingh......747-8584
You are cordially invited to Worship the Lord with us @
FAITH CENTRE 3-5 Prince of Wales Street, San Fernando.
SCHEDULE OF SERVICES
• Old Years Night -- 7.00pm.
• Sun. 3rd January, 2016 -- 8.00am Family Worship and Sunday School.
• Thurs 7th January, 2016 -- 10.00am Healing and Deliverance Ministry.
Fully air conditioned facilities.
Nursery for the children.
Secure parking and TTPS security.
A WARM WELCOME AWAITS YOU!
Student, Hugh Wooding Law School
Persons with disabilities are often faced
with difficulties in exercising their right
to work due to discriminatory policies and
lack of necessary workplace infrastructure.
The Equal Opportunity Act Chapter 22:03
and laws pertaining to unfair dismissal
however provide some protection to
employees and prospective employees with
physical disabilities. Trinidad and Tobago
is also a party to the Convention on the
Rights of Disabled Persons which bolsters
these protections as it helps inform the
courts decisions when dealing with dis-
Equal Opportunity Act
Section 8 prevents employers from refus-
ing to hire persons because of their disability
and from intentionally setting discriminatory
hiring criteria or terms and conditions that
put persons with disabilities at a disadvan-
tage. Section 9 protects employees with
disabilities from being treated unfairly in
their employment contracts as well as the
opportunities and or benefits afforded to
other employees such as training, promotion
or use of facilities associated with the
employment. Moreover, it prevents unlawful
dismissal or any detriment such as suspen-
sion or demotion of persons as a conse-
quence of disability.
Pursuant to these protections, the Equal Oppor-
tunities Commission on an application by an aggrieved
person investigates claims of discrimination. The
Commission first attempts to meet with the employer
and employee to try to reach a mutually amicable
resolution. If conciliation is not appropriate or unsuc-
cessful the Commission will refer the matter to the
Equal Opportunities Tribunal who will adjudicate on
the matter and award compensation if the employee
Section 14 of the Act however limits an employer s
duty to reasonably accommodate employees with
disabilities. An employee or prospective employee
with disabilities must be able to perform tasks rea-
sonably necessary to the efficient performance of
their job without an employer undertaking unjus-
tifiable hardship in implementing facilities to accom-
modate the employee. In determining whether an
employer will face unjustifiable hardship the following
criteria is usually examined:
1. Financial costs of accommodation
2. Disruption of collective agreement
3. Interchangeability of work force and facilities
4. Size of operation
5. Complainant s training, qualifications, experience
and job performance
Lastly, an employer has no duty to accommodate
where due to the nature of the job or the working
environment, the employee or prospective employee
poses an unreasonable a risk to the health and safety
of others or himself.
An employer cannot arbitrarily dismiss an employee
without good reason and adherence to good industrial
relations practice such as allowing the employee the
opportunity to be heard, considering alternative rea-
sonable options such as reassignment and giving
adequate notice. The onus lies on the employer to
show that in the prevailing circumstances the dismissal
was fair and executed according to procedural justice.
Dismissing an employee based solely on his disability
is not reasonable unless the worker is unfit to perform
the job and reasonable accommodation is not possible.
An employee unfairly dismissed can be re-employed
by reinstatement or re-engagement depending on
what is just, reasonable and practical in the circum-
stance. Re-instatement puts the employee in the
position he would have been had he not been dis-
missed whereas re-engagement allows an employee
to be re-employed in a comparable form to his original
job if reinstatement is not possible.
This column is not legal advice. If you have a legal
problem, you should consult a legal adviser.
Physical disability and employment
Links Archive December 27th 2015 December 29th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page