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Review of Child Labour Laws of Barbados

Section 19: Any employer in an industrial undertaking or ship who refuses to maintain a register of young persons employed with them is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding twelve months or both.

Liability of Parent or Guardian Section 20: Where a parent of a child or guardian or a person having custody of a child by willful default or neglect fails to exercise due care over such child or conduces to the offence of taking a child into employment contrary to this Act is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or both.

In addition, where a child is taken into employment in any industrial undertaking or ship contrary to the Act on the production, by or with the privity of the parent or person having actual custody of the child, of a false certificate of birth or on the false representation by the parent or the person having actual custody of the child is of such age that his/her employment is not in contravention of this Act, that parent or person is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three moths or both.

Penalties Section 21: Where a conviction has been obtained under this Act and the offence continues, the offender is liable to a fine not exceeding two hundred and fifty dollars for each day or part thereof during which the offence continues after conviction has been obtained.

The Factories Act provides for liability of employers, occupiers and employees for infringement of the Act. The Act in Section 109 provides that any person who contravenes any provision of the Act for which no specific penalty is provided is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction, in the case of an owner or occupier, to a fine of $500.00 or if the offence continues after such conviction to a further fine of $100.00 per day in respect of which the offence continues and in the case of an employee to a fine of $100.00. If the contravention is the act or omission of the owner or occupier and causes death or injury that results in permanent injury such owner or occupier is liable in summary conviction to a fine of $5,000.00

Section 110: Where an occupier or owner of a factory has been convicted of an offence under the Act, the court may, in addition to or instead of imposing a fine, order him within such time as the court determines, to take such steps as the court specifies for remedying the matters in respect of which the contravention occurred, and may, on application, extend the time stated in the order, and where an extension is allowed, the occupier is not liable in respect of any continuation of the contravention during the extended time, but if, after the expiration of the time as originally specified or as extended the order is not complied with, the occupier or owner, as the case may be, is

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