20 Jun 2005

CNMI ombudsman criticises Labour Department

3:19 pm on 20 June 2005

The Labour Ombudsman in the Northern Marianas, Jim Benedetto, has criticised the Department of Labor's performance.

According to a report in the Marianas Variety newspaper, he said they had lax preventive enforcement, a slow adjudication of complaints and prematurely labelled complaints as frivolous.

Mr Benedetto said in a letter to the acting Labor Secretary that prematurely labelling complaints was prejudicial to a proper determination of the facts.

He said it was also counterproductive to a level-headed assessment of the CNMI's public policy toward foreign workers.