Chief Labour Officer Victor Felix spent his last day on the job on December 31, and proceeded on pre-retirement leave until March 8.
Felix joined the Labour Department in 1984, as a factory inspector (now retitled safety and health officer), and has served in various capacities.
In 2001, he became the assistant chief labour officer and acted as deputy chief as well as chief on several occasions, before assuming the substantive role of deputy chief labour officer in 2014.
He eventually took up the role of chief labour officer in 2016, and was appointed in this position in June 2018.
During Felix’s tenure there have been several significant legislative changes, including the Safety and Health at Work Act, a liberalised Shops Act, the Employment Sexual Harassment (Prevention) Act, the Minimum Wages Act establishing a Wages Board, and revised Holiday With Pay provisions.
Speaking on his leadership within the Labour Department, he said much emphasis was placed on customer service, public education and sensitisation, and the development of human resources.
Felix, who also worked with the Impact Justice Project, said: “As a result of this engagement, employers now have freely available to them a template of a Sexual Harassment Policy document, which they can adapt and adopt.”
“Employer and employee education and sensitisation programmes in labour and employment relations and occupational safety and health were advanced,” he said of the work of the Labour Department, which he credits for helping to build Barbados’ human resources and for maintaining a stable environment for economic activity in the country. (BGIS)