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    • 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.
    • 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 arrangments.
    • However, she noted that the Flexible Work Arrangement legislation amended existing laws that were contrary to flexi work.

    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.

    “No business is being compelled or forced to implement flexi work. Each organization has to look at its business operation and decide if flexi work can work for them,” she said.

    Mrs. Bennett-Campbell was speaking at a Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘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 the Flexible Work Arrangement legislation amended 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 downtown Kingston and half day on Thursdays uptown.

    Meanwhile, Mrs. Bennett-Campbell stressed that implementing flexi work alone will not reap benefits for businesses if the system is not properly managed.

    “For you to reap the benefits like productivity, you can’t just implement flexi work and think it is going to do the work for you. It’s important that you have proper management in place and if you don’t have strong supervision, then you will not reap the benefits,” she added.

    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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