State District Court Judge Raymond Z. OrtizSUPU News:SANTA FE ― State District Court Judge Raymond Z. Ortiz ruled Tuesday afternoon against Santa Fe restaurant Maki Yaki and its owners for violating New Mexico’s Minimum Wage Act and Santa Fe’s Living Wage Ordinance.He ordered the restaurant to pay plaintiffs Verónica Velázquez, Juan Torres and Ivan Hernández nearly $400,000 in unpaid wages and damages. The plaintiffs were represented by Gabriela Ibañez Guzmán, staff attorney at Somos Un Pueblo Unido’s United Worker Center of New Mexico and Santa Fe attorney Carlos Quiñones.“It has been four years since we initially complained to the City about these violations, but when the City didn’t do enough to investigate our claims, we decided to file a lawsuit,” said Verónica Velázquez, a member of Somos’ worker center who was employed for six years at the restaurant. “Waiting this long for a resolution was financially hard on our families, but we are thrilled with the outcome. Workers have rights, and when we stick together, we can hold our bosses accountable.”The lawsuit, originally filed in May of 2016 in First Judicial District Court, argued the restaurant violated city and state wage laws by paying less than the Santa Fe’s Living Wage, not paying overtime, and requiring employees to work off the clock. Maki Yaki closed its doors in 2017.Juan Torres García, a plaintiff whose total award is $216,932.55 said: “I hope our story inspires workers to organize and stand up for their rights. Employers need to think twice before deciding not to pay what they owe.”Somos Un Pueblo Unido was part of a local coalition to pass Santa Fe’s Living Wage ordinance in 2003 and led a legislative campaign in 2009 to strengthen New Mexico’s Minimum Wage Act. Somos also waged and settled a lawsuit with other worker’s rights organizations against the New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions for inadequately enforcing the state’s minimum wage laws during the Susana Martinez administration.“We have strong wage and hour laws on the books, but ensuring our city and state swiftly enforce them is paramount. When they don’t, protracted legal fights in court ensue and workers have to wait years to collect their wages,” Ibañez Guzmán said. “This decision sends a clear message to businesses they will eventually have to pay their workers. When these cases succeed in court, treble damages and interest will be the consequence.”To see the Judge Ortiz’s decision, click here.
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Families of missing people could be given authority to deal with the legal and financial affairs of their loved one, under plans being consulted on by the Ministry of Justice.Justice minister Lord Faulks QC announced today that the government is considering the creation of a status of guardian of the property and affairs of a missing person, allowing them, for example, to suspend direct debits for mobile phone and utility bills or to make mortgage payments.Under the proposals an appointment will be made by the court on application by an interested person after a person has been missing for of at least 90 days.The appointment will confer authority on the guardian to act for the missing person in relation to his or her property and affairs, subject to any limits imposed by the court.The guardian, who will have to act in the best interests of the missing person, will be required to account for their actions to a supervisory body. Any appointment will be for a period of up to four years with the possibility of extension for a further four.The move follows the introduction of certificates of presumed death, which can be applied for by relatives from 1 October 2014. These will be equivalent to death certificates and will enable families to resolve a loved one’s affairs when he or she is thought have died.Lord Faulks QC said: ‘The sudden disappearance of a loved one, perhaps without any obvious explanation is a traumatic event for even the most resilient. The emotional and personal problems caused by absences of several months or even years are all too obvious, but they can be compounded by the practical consequences of the disappearance.’Welcoming the consultation the director of policy and advocacy for missing people, Susannah Drury, said the group has been campaigning for the introduction of such a guardianship and hoped its outcome would be positive. The consultation ends on 18 November.
The Gazette has a new page on its website. ‘Women in the Law’ is home to history, profiles, opinion and news. The first history article, by Parliament’s senior archivist Mari Takayanago, follows the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act to royal assent on 23 December 1919. Others will follow, including accounts of the professional lives of the early ‘trailblazer’ women lawyers.Comment and opinion on women in the law includes reflections on the role of feminism in taking instructions, the role of men in achieving equality and watershed legal moments that improved LGBT+ equality. Also covered in news and analysis is last week’s Law Society research report Women in Leadership in Law. News and comment on gender pay gap data will appear there as firms publish figures.Women in the Law includes specially commissioned content as well as news and features appearing elsewhere in the Gazette. To contribute articles or ideas for the page, email the commissioning editor Eduardo Reyes: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NewsRegional OECS observes 32-year anniversary by: – June 18, 2013 Share 18 Views no discussions Tweet CASTRIES, St Lucia – Today, Tuesday, June 18, 2013, marks 32 years since the establishment of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Thirty two years of facilitating efforts by the nine member states to further develop the people of the OECS region through various programmes and projects in several cases with the help of the international donor community.Much attention has been given to two of the key pillars of economic development in the OECS, namely, agriculture and tourism; collectively because of the nexus of the two sectors and individually through specific needs. The OECS Secretariat is coordinating a collective plan of action by member states towards enhancing the region’s agriculture sector. Other interventions include training in information and communications technology for persons associated with the agriculture sector, with particular reference to the collection and management of critical data and related information, increased efforts towards enhancing agriculture food and health safety systems in member states. In tourism, work is being advanced on the implementation of an agreed OECS common tourism policy. Programmes and policies are being formulated and harmonized in other areas across the member states of the OECS Economic Union, which can yield further significant benefits to the people in the OECS in areas such as manufacturing, construction, information and communications technology (ICT), trade policy and trade facilitation, transportation, energy, ocean governance and the environment.Of special importance is the OECS e-government for regional integration programme has advanced ICT utilization through the movement towards the electronic transformation of the public sector in the member states. Tax e-filing and e-procurement, for example, will improve the efficiency of the public sector, ease the price paid by consumers for goods and services, and enhance investor confidence in the OECS.Work on the preparation of an OECS development strategy, incorporating all of these areas, among others, is well advanced with the development strategy among the extended focus areas at the recently held 57th meeting of the OECS Authority.The bastions of functional cooperation in the OECS remain solid, sustained and meaningful to the people of the region.In health, there is the bulk procurement of pharmaceuticals, which quite timely will switch to the first electronic-procurement system in the Caribbean on June 20, during this week’s observance of the OECS 32nd anniversary. The outlook for this is even brighter with specialists anticipating even more affordable costs for medicines and medical supplies to the people of the region.Under the guidance of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, the Eastern Caribbean or EC dollar remains robust, constant, steadfast and unshaken in exchange value amidst the global economic spill.The Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and OECS Joint Diplomatic Trade Missions in Brussels and Geneva Stand out internationally among the beacons of OECS Integration and Trade.Programmes continue in many other key areas such as climate change risk reduction; part of a lager environmental management and sustainable development agenda, juvenile justice reform and education.A most defining moment in the history of the OECS to date has been the operationalization of the OECS economic union. This year the OECS region embraces two years since its independent member states commenced operation of the economic union; a new development designed to enhance the way of life for people of the region in the long term.The commencement of the OECS economic union followed the historic June 18, 2010, signing of the Revised Treaty of Basseterre. The Treaty, which entered into force on January 21, 2011, creates a single economic and financial space covering participating OECS member states, and sets the stage for deeper OECS integration, where it is intended that within the single financial and economic space all factors of production – goods, services, capital and people – will move without hindrance. This will provide direct benefits to the people of the OECS, by facilitating seamless travel for purposes of gainful employment, setting up business, trading, education, as well as for leisure.Since then, deeper OECS integration has been further manifested through the commencement of the free movement of people across the member states of the economic union on August 1, 2011. May 2012 saw the first meeting of OECS heads of government and leaders of the opposition under one roof to discuss issues relating to the operationalization of the economic union.Friday, August 10, 2012, marked a further successful outcome: the inauguration of the OECS Assembly, headquartered in Antigua and Barbuda. Through the OECS Assembly, the people of the OECS region have the opportunity for their issues to be discussed and debated publicly in a regional forum. Then first official sitting took place on March 26, 2013. The OECS Assembly is one of five principal organs of the OECS economic union. The others are the OECS Authority, the Council of Ministers, the OECS Commission, and the OECS Economic Affairs Council.Very recently, Montserrat, one of the founding fathers of the Organization, became the seventh OECS member state to ratify the Revised Treaty of Basseterre (RTB), granting them full participation in all governance structures established under the RTB, including the OECS Commission, the OECS Assembly and the Economic Affairs Council. The celebration of OECS Day is in order but the work goes on as OECS member states move towards broadening their relationship with other territories and further deepening the economic union towards enhancing the lives of the people of the region.Chairman of the OECS, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Baldwin Spencer, is to make an official address this week as part of the 32nd OECS anniversary activities.The OECS was established on June 18, 1981. The member states are Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Anguilla and the British Virgin Islands.Caribbean News Now Share Share Sharing is caring!
LocalNews Purple Dragon students successful in grading exercise by: – December 12, 2013 Sharing is caring! 209 Views no discussions Tweet Share Share Share Seventy-nine students of the Purple Dragon International – Dominica Branch who participated in a karate grading exercise on December 7, 2013 were all successful with some students obtaining distinctions.Sensei Shannah Robin 3rd Degree Black Belt, who operates the Dominica Branch, told Dominica Vibes on December 12 that this grading of seventy-nine students, the fortieth since 1998, was “amazing”.Each student he said was successful adding “it was very high level grading”.While the school was not scheduled to have grading done this year although it is conducted every six months, Sensei Robin stated instructor Professor Don Jacob from Trinidad and Tobago was able to travel and therefore gave the go ahead.“It was on very short notice, a little shorter than usual however the most important thing was that the students rose to the occasion and did their best which was more than their best because this was one of our best grading ever.”Grading, he explained, is based on students discipline, ambition, fitness level and knowledge of the Martial Arts Belt’s syllabus.Sstudents of the Purple Dragon International – Dominica BranchMost important of all is their confidence and determination to overcome their weaknesses by fulfilling the karate syllabus at the various levels he added.The students he said were very intrigued by the lectures that were given by Professor Jacob.A few students’ performances were that which can be called distinctions he said.Two students; Diamond Daniel and Cheyenne Dewhurst went from red belt to brown belt Elite Warrior meaning first or front line soldier while Larry Cameron went from green belt to brown belt and is now only three steps away from the black belt.Parents were very supportive he said adding that there were not enough seats for everyone who attended the grading.Moreover he added that the school is at the moment preparing to participate in a competition scheduled for Japan in 2014.“We are calling on business places and the government to assist us in that because it is a very expensive trip,” Sensei Robin said.They are also hoping to participate in the 2015 Karate World Championship as they won the Team Demonstration award at the 2010 World Championship.“We’re looking forward to do that again in 2015.”He added that a lot of big things are going on for Purple Dragon at the moment.“We’re working hard and we’re pushing,” Sensei Robin noted.Dominica Vibes News
115 Views no discussions Haiti’s former President Michel Martelly (centre) and former Prime Minister Evans Paul (File photo)PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Nine former Haitian electoral officials and 11 Cabinet ministers in former President Michel Martelly’s administration have been forbidden to leave the country.The order from Prosecutor Danton Leger was issued shortly after the release of a commission’s report calling for the presidential election to be redone due to the appearance of significant electoral fraud.On Wednesday, former Prime Minister Evans Paul and ministers who served under him confirmed they are on a travel ban list.Flanked by his lawyer, Paul said: “Nobody has the right to take my freedom of movement away.”He and other ex-ministers are seeking to have their names removed. Justice Minister Camille Junior Edouard says the interim government had nothing to do with the prosecutor’s decision.Leger did not respond to a request for comment. Tweet NewsPoliticsRegional Former Haiti officials put on travel ban list by: Associated Press – June 2, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Share Share
“Marseille are not doing badly this season and Mikel’s experience will come in handy in helping them finish the season on a high.” Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua are reported to have offered him a £170,000-a-week deal while Marseille, who are currently struggling in the Ligue 1, would like to have him for £70,000 a week. Mikel has yet to play any game for Chelsea under new manager, Antonio Conte, despite his good form at the Rio 2016 Olympics, where he won a bronze medal, and for the Super Eagles under German coach, Gernot Rohr, who has stuck to his captain.Former Italy manager Conte has preferred the duo Frenchman N’Golo Kante and Serbian Nemanja Matic in the defensive midfield while Mikel has yet to be named on the bench since the start of the season. Drogba believes a move to France will help Mikel stay close to his family as opposed to a move to China. “Mikel will find relevance at Marseille. I told him how well I was treated during my time there and above all it will help him stay close to his family,” Drogba was quoted as saying by RAC1. Chelsea legend, Didier Drogba, has urged Mikel Obi to leave the Premier League club for Olympique Marseille following his continued struggles at the West London side this season. And Nwosu said Mikel will find the French league good enough since he still has more years ahead of him. The 29-year-old has choices aplenty in Europe as Manchester United, Marseille, Inter Milan and other clubs want him while clubs in China also want his services. After an uneventful half season that has seen Mikel ignored at Chelsea, the Nigerian will have the chance for a move in the January transfer window – with his contract expiring at the end of the season – away from the London club. Former Nigeria international Nwosu and Drogba, Mikel’s former teammate at Chelsea, have advised the Nigeria captain to leave the Blues and consider the offer tabled by the French club. Also a former Nigeria international, Henry Nwosu, advised the Chelsea midfielder to take the bold step and head for the French club in the January transfer window. “Mikel is in good form recently and we are beginning to see a bit of the old and creative Mikel which we used to know. He will do well for himself if he can seal a move to any of the top leagues in Europe since he seems to be surplus to requirement at Chelsea,” Nwosu told our correspondent.
City’s wideman completed an encouraging 80 minutes at Ceres Park in Aarhus as the Irish clinched a result against Group B4 winners.Meanwhile, Martin O’Neill’s team finished bottom of the Group with two points, and as such, suffered relegation to League C.O’Dowda will now return to BS3 and link-up with his City teammates as Lee Johnson’s side prepare for Saturday’s trip to Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship (November 24th, 3pm kick-off).SECURE YOUR SEAT