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Cabinet to consider proposed changes to flexi-work bill to protect religious persons

Published:Wednesday | August 27, 2014 | 6:53 PM

The Cabinet is expected to consider new proposals that could result in changes to the flexi-work bill to protect workers from discrimination on religious grounds.

The Jamaica Umbrella Groups of Churches and Labour Minister Derrick Kellier met today to conclude discussions on flexible work conditions being considered for implementation.

Chairman of the church group, Reverend Conrad Pitkin, says strengthening the anti-discrimination clause of the bill is among several proposals that are to go before the Cabinet.

He reiterated that the group has always been concerned that under the flex- arrangements workers’ rights to worship could be affected.

The Employment (Flexible Work Arrangements) (Miscellaneous) Provisions Bill was tabled in the Parliament in March.

It is expected to be debated next month.

A flexible work arrangement or flexi-week is characterised by a variable work schedule which allows the worker and employer the opportunity to arrange the traditional 40-hour work week as it best suits their needs.

The flexi work arrangements is one of the benchmarks for the International Monetary Fund agreement.

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