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  • Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the proposed flexiwork legislation is being structured to enable employers to determine whether its provisions can benefit their organizations.
  • Despite the importance of the issues being considered in the Flexiwork Bill employers will not be forced or mandated to implement the attendant provisions.
  • Mr. Kellier said key issues which will be considered in the debate include: removing the eight to 10-hour working day limit and replacing that duration with a maximum of 12 hours.

Labour and Social Security Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, says the proposed flexiwork legislation is being structured to enable employers to determine whether its provisions can and will be beneficial, if implemented in their organizations.

He said despite the importance of the issues being considered in the Flexiwork Bill, which has been tabled in Parliament and on which debate is expected to commence by September, employers will not be forced or mandated to implement the attendant provisions.

The Minister gave this assurance while delivering the keynote address at Tuesday’s (April 29) opening ceremony for the fifth annual Make Your Mark Consultants’ Middle Management Conference, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston.

Mr. Kellier said key issues which will be considered in the debate include: removing the eight to 10-hour working day limit and replacing that duration with a maximum of 12 hours, while maintaining a 40-hour work week; proposing that all seven days of the week be considered as possible working days; and that employees receive overtime payment for work done beyond the completion of 40 hours of work.

“In essence, the decision to introduce flexible work options… is expected to vary the traditional Monday to Friday, nine to five work pattern. They are expected to enhance the balance between work and other forms of activities beyond the workplace, giving employers more options to meet business and customer needs, while providing employees with more time to meet personal or family needs, and/or to pursue other jobs,” the Minister explained.

“I want to state categorically that the changes which will be made to facilitate the new work arrangements do not, in any way, mean that employers are obliged or will be forced to implement such work arrangements,” Mr. Kellier emphasized.

The two-day Middle Managers’ Conference, being staged under the theme: ‘Middle Managers: The Heart and Hub of Enterprise’, is focusing on the personal and professional development of the over 30 participants.

Topics and issues being covered include: leadership; human resource development; entrepreneurship; health and wellness, productivity improvement; and business development.  Approximately 17 speakers from Jamaica, the Caribbean, and North America are slated to make presentations.

Managing Director of the organizers, Make Your Mark Consultants, Jacqueline Coke-Lloyd, said this year’s conference will continue to provide new learning opportunities for participants, “who will return to their organizations and be agents for positive change, be energized, reflective (and) armed with good practices.”

Make Your Mark Consultants provide world-class business and youth development services locally, regionally, and internationally.

This is done through value added interventions, and systematic changes in areas identified as important, which will facilitate growth, development and the competitiveness of private, public, international bodies and persons.