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Abilities Foundation Stages Civil Registration Exhibition

The Abilities Foundation of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be observing Abilities Day, with a civil registration exhibition on Friday, October 5, at its 191 Constant Spring Road Office, Kingston, beginning at 9:00 a.m. Themed, 'Removing Barriers, … Continued

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Bauxite Deal Saves 600 Jobs at Ewarton

The Government has granted a bauxite levy concession to Russian-based aluminum company UC Rusal, which will ensure, among other things, that the 600 local jobs are maintained at the Ewarton Works refinery in St. Catherine. This was revealed by Minister … Continued

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Gov’t Taking Measures to Protect Older Population

Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, Phyllis Mitchell, says that the Government is taking steps to protect older Jamaicans, who make up 11 per cent of the population. She informed that a Maintenance Act to protect … Continued

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JEF President Suggests Strategy to Create Competitive Workforce

President of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF), Wayne Chen, has identified a structured education system, backed by sound parenting, as an effective strategy to create a globally competitive workforce. "We have the immediate challenge of creating a globally competitive workforce…we … Continued

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Campaign to Increase School Attendance by PATH Students

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security, concerned about a fall off in school attendance by students, who benefit under the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), has launched an initiative aimed at affirming the benefits of education. … Continued

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JEF Hosts CEO Breakfast Tomorrow

The Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF) will be hosting a CEO Breakfast on Wednesday (September 12) at the Wyndham Kingston hotel beginning at 7:30 a.m. The session is part of activities to mark National Employers’ Month, which is being observed this … Continued

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Workforce Intervention Programme Yields Results

A recently implemented workforce intervention programme between the Ministry of Labour and Social Security and various private sector organisations to provide short-term employment for young, skilled Jamaicans has been a success. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, informed that under the … Continued

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40,000 Jamaicans Could Gain Employment through MoU

A potential 40,000 Jamaicans could gain employment in the private sector, through an agreement between the Government and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce (JCC). A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the implementation of the 'Jamaica Employ' initiative was signed this … Continued

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PATH to Launch Back To School Campaign

The Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH), in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, will launch its back to school campaign, dubbed: “School Wi Seh”, on Tuesday, September 11, at the Kingston High School, starting at 10.00 … Continued

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JEEP Employs Over 15,000

Over 15,000 persons have been employed in JEEP Phase 1.  The JEEP secretariat has reported an overwhelming and satisfactory response to the programme noting that its first phase exceeded its projection of 5,000 persons employed.  Persons were employed within participating … Continued

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Businesses must operate within Formal Economy – JEF

President of the Jamaica Employers' Federation (JEF), Wayne Chen, has stressed the need for businesses to operate within the formal economy, noting that this is critical for the country prosperity. "We recognize that one of the foundations of our future … Continued

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Increase in Minimum Wage Takes Effect Today

The new national minimum wage of $5,000 per 40-hour work week, takes effect today, September 3, 2012. The 11 per cent increase in the minimum wage is as a result of recommendations from the Minimum Wage Advisory Commission. Minister of … Continued

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Labour Market Study Showing Job Vacancies

Preliminary reports from a labour market study being conducted by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security indicate that there are employment opportunities in a number of industries. The study, involving 606 organisations across the island, seeks to capture the … Continued

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PATH Reviews Beneficiary Identification System

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has reviewed the beneficiary identification system for the Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (PATH) and will be rolling out the new questionnaire in September 2012. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, made … Continued

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NIS Benefits go up in January

Cabinet has approved increases in all categories of pensions, grants and allowances payable under the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) effective from January 10, 2013. This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier on July 25, … Continued

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National Disability Bill to be Tabled Soon

The National Disability Bill will soon be tabled in Parliament, Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, has informed. “I am very pleased to advise that consistent with our commitment to upholding the rights and freedoms of persons … Continued

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