This commercial law update discusses a recent decision from Fiji’s Employment Relations Tribunal (“Tribunal”) which outlines important issues on jurisdictional limits and international labour contracting. The case of Daniel Sanchez v Sheraton Resort Fiji was decided by the Tribunal on 16 January 2019, and involved an expatriate chef employed by a large resort.
The Tribunal in awarding $37,670.00 to a Mexican national, Mr. Sanchez, set out important principles regarding:
- the fair treatment of workers recruited from outside the Fiji jurisdiction
- applied the same standards of Fiji law to Mr. Sanchez regardless of his nationality and
- set an important precedent for the Tribunal's own jurisdictional limits.