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Former Petrojam human resource manager faced 19 disciplinary charges

Published:Tuesday | February 12, 2019 | 5:24 PM
A screenshot of Yolande Ramharrack during a parliamentary committee meeting in July 2018.

Former Human Resource Manager at Petrojam  Yolande Ramharrack was facing allegations of improper use of company funds, dishonesty and gross negligence which led to a disciplinary hearing.

The allegations were outlined in a letter dated August 24, 2018, a copy of which was obtained by The Gleaner.

The hearing by a three-member disciplinary panel chaired by Patrick Foster Q.C was set for September 10 – 14, 2018.

Ramharrack resigned last year November.

The department came weeks after the Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis, in a comprehensive audit of Petrojam, highlighted that Ramharrack breached employment policies and engaged in acts of nepotism.

In her report, Monroe Ellis said that her department found “instances where two individuals closely connected to employees of Petrojam were employed despite being rejected by the interviewing panel.

It was disclosed last week that Petrojam and Ramharrack agreed on a $9.2-million separation agreement that included a non-disclosure clause.

Here are the allegations against Ramharrack

1. Utilising position at Petrojam to cause the improper use of the company’s funds and or resources

2. Facilitating the improper use of the company’s funds and or resources with respect to the use of the company’s petty cash on or about December 19 and 20, 2017.

3. Facilitating the improper use of the company’s funds and or resources with respect to the holding of a party held at Half Moon on or about January 8, 2018.

4. Facilitating the improper use of the company’s funds and or resources with respect to the holding of a party held at the Palmyra Palms on or about September 19, 2017.

5. Dishonesty in that  she failed to give a true report of her involvement in the arrangements for the party held at Half Moon Hotel on or about January 8, 2018 when she was required to do so.

6. Dishonesty in that she failed to give a true report of her involvement in the arrangements for the party held at Palmyra Palms on or about September 19, 2017 when she was required to do so.

7. Failing to discharge duties as the Human Resource Development and Administration Manager in facilitating the breaching of the company’s policies and/or benefitted from several breaches of the company’s policies.

8. Gross negligence and/or incompetence in that she failed to ensure compliance with several of the company’s policies.

9. Pursuing interests which were in conflict of with the interest of the company in that she participated in breaching the company’s policies and/or benefited from several breaches of the Company’s policies.

10. Dishonesty in that she failed to give a true report of the breach of the Education Assistance – Tuition Reimbursement policy when she was required to do so and in a circumstance when the said breach benefited her.

11. Breaching or facilitating the breach of the recruitment policy and/or employment policy and/or established procedure and by so doing causing the employment of a relative Mr Clayton Smith and or entering into a contract for a period longer than that what had been approved by the Ministry of Finance.

12. Dishonesty in that she failed to give a true report about the circumstances which led to the hiring of a relative Mr Clayton Smith.

13. Gross negligence and/or incompetence in that she executed employment letters in clear breach of the recruitment and/or employment policy.

14. Gross negligence and/or incompetence in hiring Michon Bell in contravention of the recruitment policy and/or entering into a contract for a period longer than that what had been approved by the Ministry of Finance.

15. Gross negligence and/or incompetence in hiring Olivier Cole in contravention of the recruitment policy.

16. Gross negligence and/or incompetence in that she failed to secure the personnel file for Mr Delroy Brown.

17. Gross negligence and/or incompetence with respect to the handling of the situation concerning the missing personnel file for Mr. Delroy Brown.

18. Gross negligence and/or incompetence by failing to comply with the procurement procedure for the engagement of Dorothy Grant as counsellor for Petrojam.

19. Discharged her duties in a negligent and/or incompetent manner to the detriment of the company.

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