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Flexi-work not mandatory, labour ministry director tells employers

Published:Saturday | November 29, 2014 | 9:00 AM
The proposed flexitime arrangements will allow greater latitude for the spread of the 40-hour workweek. - File

Acting Director of the Legal Services Unit at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Camille Bennett-Campbell, is advising employers that flexi-work is not mandatory.



Bennett-Campbell was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service ‘Think Tank’, held on November 26.



The acting director explained that the concept of flexi-work is not new to Jamaica and cited the essential services and manufacturing sectors that have always operated on flexi-work.



However, she noted that what the Flexible Work Arrangement law does is to amend existing laws that were contrary to flexi-work.



Some of the previous restrictions included the opening and closing hours of establishments, women working at nights and shops being closed half day on Wednesdays in the downtown area and half day on Thursdays for uptown.



Meanwhile, the acting director also urged employers who wish to implement flexi-work to look at the types and select the one that would best suit the needs of their establishments.



Forms of flexi-work include: part time work with benefits, telecommuting, flexi-time and compressed work week.



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