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New Labour commissioner appointed

Posted: Thursday, January 19, 2023. 2:32 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: The Ministry of Rural Transformation, Community Development, Labour, and Local Government announced the appointment of Rissela Dominguez-Patt as the new Labour Commissioner, effective October 2022.

Dominguez-Patt was born and raised in the Corozal District.

Dominguez-Patt is a career public officer who began working in the Labour Department in 2007 as a Labour Officer I.

Due to her passion, motivation, commitment, and exceptional leadership skills, Dominguez-Patt was promoted to the position of Senior Labour Officer and most recently served as acting Deputy Labour Commissioner.

The Ministry noted that Dominguez-Patt brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position, having worked extensively in the field of labour relations for more than 15 years.

She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Galen University.

Dominguez-Patt has participated in numerous certified trainings from the University of the West Indies (UWI), International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), OAS-Inter-American Network for Labor Administration (RIAL) among others, in areas such as Labour Relations, Mediation, Court Etiquette, Labour Migration and Occupational Safety and Health.

In her capacity as Labour Commissioner, Dominguez-Patt will drive the Ministry’s transformative labour agenda and give dedicated focus to undertaking a comprehensive review of the Labour Act, advancing International Labour Standards in the Workplace and strengthening Dispute Resolution to ensure justice and improve compliance.

“Minister of Labour, Oscar Requena welcomes Dominguez-Patt as the new Labour Commissioner and charges her with the mandate to address labour disputes, engage key labour partners and advance the priorities of the labour sector,” the Ministry said.


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