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Employee’s status unexpectedly changed to contractor

Employee’s status unexpectedly changed to contractor

| 26/02/2017 | 7 Comments

Can an employer unilaterally change your contract from employee to that of an independent contractor? I work in the real estate business and my employer has just changed my contract stating that I am now an independent contractor, in essence making me a subcontractor. I have been informed that I [...]

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Cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road

Cyclists riding on the wrong side of the road

| 23/02/2017 | 9 Comments

Can you help settle an intra-spousal argument? What’s the legal position on cyclists who ride their bikes into oncoming traffic? I get the logic that they can see cars coming better, but shouldn’t they be required to follow the rules of the road like everyone else?

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Rules for putting up election billboards

Rules for putting up election billboards

| 22/02/2017 | 5 Comments

I was of the understanding that there were rules concerning the signage for candidates in the upcoming election — when signage may go up and when it must be taken down. My understanding is that no signs were to go up till parliament had been dissolved and must be taken down prior to the polls o [...]

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Can MLAs decline their salaries?

Can MLAs decline their salaries?

| 20/02/2017 | 12 Comments

Is it possible for an individual to “volunteer” for office? That is, if an individual is interested in politics and steering their country’s ship and is qualified to run as a candidate, is it possible for that person to run for office and, if elected, accept the seat with no or [...]

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Doesn’t see a need to hear about Anne Frank’s diary

Doesn’t see a need to hear about Anne Frank’s diary

| 16/02/2017 | 50 Comments

Who selects the speakers and why do they focus mostly on violence? Are there guidelines for what is appropriate and what is not when it comes to children? Why mess up children’s minds with horrors of violence? Anne Frank’s diary had been exploited and overused. No offence, but relivin [...]

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Wants to get rid of wild chickens

Wants to get rid of wild chickens

| 15/02/2017 | 17 Comments

Who do I call to collect all of the wild chickens in my neighbourhood?!

Auntie’s answer: Please excuse me for assuming here, but I am going out on a limb to suggest that you might be a relative newcomer to these fair islands. If I am correct, you would not be the first person to move he [...]

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Personal drones are privacy pests

Personal drones are privacy pests

| 14/02/2017 | 23 Comments

I was sitting on my patio yesterday, drinking my coffee and enjoying the breeze when I heard a whirring noise. When I looked up there was a drone watching me. It flew over the house and then came back again and landed at a house in Canal Point. I heard that there is a rule about flying drones wit [...]

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Are doctors obligated to reveal convictions?

Are doctors obligated to reveal convictions?

| 13/02/2017 | 2 Comments

I’ve been wondering if there is a law or regulation that requires medical professionals (especially doctors in private practice) to disclose to patients if they have a pending lawsuit or past convictions?

Auntie’s answer: There is a code of conduct for which medical professionals [...]

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Harassed by husband’s ex

Harassed by husband’s ex

| 12/02/2017 | 10 Comments

I have been married to my husband for almost three years now. He has two older boys with other women and we have a young child together. The middle son’s mother has been harassing me for the past few years. I’ve tried different tactics to make our lives more civil but she seems keen o [...]

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Acquisition of land by Smith Cove

Acquisition of land by Smith Cove

| 09/02/2017 | 2 Comments

Now that 22 January has passed, can you please give the people an update on the Smith Cove land purchase?

Auntie’s answer: These are the kinds of questions I love to answer because I can pass along good news, without any caveats or ifs, ands or buts. Here goes: I checked on the progress [...]

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Hoping for new road to cut commute

Hoping for new road to cut commute

| 08/02/2017 | 5 Comments

There is a small, vacant piece of land behind the church on the corner of Shamrock and Selkirk that many Selkirk residents use to drive over to Hurley’s.  It isn’t an official road and is currently only usable for robust vehicles, and I was wondering if the Government has ever looked [...]

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Unhappy with unpaid overtime work

Unhappy with unpaid overtime work

| 07/02/2017 | 7 Comments

I am a professional employee here on island for a large multinational company. Our employer regularly makes us work 10-12 hours per day, five days a week (50-60 hours per week). Section 24 of the Labour Law stipulates that the standard work week is maximum nine hours per day/45 hours per week. I [...]

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Use of fraudulent trade and business licence

Use of fraudulent trade and business licence

| 06/02/2017 | 2 Comments

I am currently building my house. It has come to light that the trade and business licence that the contractor provided is fraud. He changed the years on a previous licence and presented it to me. This matter is now being dealt with by Department of Commerce and Investment. Is there anything tha [...]

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Filing a malpractice lawsuit

Filing a malpractice lawsuit

| 05/02/2017 | 1 Comment

In Florida, you must file a medical malpractice lawsuit within two years of the date on which the harm resulting from the malpractice was — or should reasonably have been — discovered. There is also a blanket deadline of four years from the date of the alleged medical malpractice, regardless [...]

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Who can access police reports?

Who can access police reports?

| 02/02/2017 | 3 Comments

If an individual were to make a report to the police or through a 911 operator, would it be possible for an individual who works in the Office of the Complaints Commissioner (OCC) to access and read/download/amend the report in any way?

Auntie’s answer: When making a police report, it i [...]

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