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Flexi-work bill to be tabled next week

Published:Thursday | March 20, 2014 | 9:48 AM

A bill seeking to introduce a flexible work week is to be tabled in Parliament next week after years of ongoing discussions.



This was announced by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Derrick Kellier, during a tour of the Caribbean Cement Company Limited’s Rockfort plant yesterday.



Kellier says the Flexible Work bill forms part of the Government’s efforts to boost the country’s productivity levels.



Discussions surrounding flexible work arrangements have been ongoing for 18 years.



The term refers to a variable work schedule, and incorporates flexi-time.



Flexi-time allows the worker and employer the opportunity to arrange the traditional 40-hour work week based on their needs.



Kellier notes that among the benefits for Jamaica are increased employment, as persons exploit part-time work; increased productivity; and more time for family and personal interests.



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