Government of Trinidad and

"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you."

Sri Ram


Minimum Wages

  • The National Minimum Wage in Trinidad and Tobago is $15.00 per hour
  • A normal workday is 8 hours and a normal work week is 40 hours
  • Employees who work overtime are entitled to overtime rates
  • Employees who work on public holidays and off days are entitled to be paid double time rates
  • Employees are entitled to a meal break during the workday
  • Employers are required to keep records to show compliance with the Minimum Wages Orders

Maternity Protection

  • A pregnant worker is entitled to 14 weeks maternity leave
  • Her employer is obligated to pay her 1 month full pay and 2 months half pay during the period of maternity leave
  • A pregnant worker is entitled to reasonable time off from work with pay for pre-natal care
  • A worker is entitled to resume work following her maternity leave
  • An employer is required to keep records to show compliance with the Maternity Protection Act

Child Labour

  • Minimum age for employment is 16 years
  • It is illegal to employ a child under the age of 16 years
  • Employers are required to keep a special register for young person’s between the ages of 16 to 18 years

Domestic Worker

  • A Domestic Worker is an employee who carries out any or all duties that are part of the normal functioning of a household, such as cooking, cleaning, washing, ironing etc.
  • Domestic Workers are entitled to 2 weeks vacation leave and 14 days sick leave per year
  • Domestic workers must have his/her duties, hours of work and rest periods clearly set out in writing by the employer
  • Employers of Domestic Workers are required to keep records to show compliance with labour laws