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Jamaica: FLA COCK-UP – Agency Pays Out $8m Excess In Termination Benefits In Breach Of Guidelines

The Auditor General’s Department has warned the management of the Firearm Licensing Authority (FLA) that action may be taken against responsible officers for paying out more than $8 million in termination benefits, in excess of the amount due, to five former employees in contravention of the Ministry of Finance guidelines.

Pamela Monroe Ellis, the auditor general, said in her annual report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday that the FLA paid the former workers an additional amount of $8.4 million in termination benefits in breach of the finance ministry’s fixed-term contract officers’ policy guidelines.

She said that payment of termination benefits contrary to the ministry’s guidelines exposed the FLA to increased risk of loss.

The FLA terminated the employment of the former employees in 2017, paid them notice pay ranging from three months to 20 months and gratuity without the requisite performance evaluations.

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