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  • The Employment (Flexible Work Arrangements) (Miscellaneous) Provisions Bill is to be debated in the Houses of Parliament by September this year.
  • The impending debate will take into consideration the fact that there will be no set eight or 10 hours work days, but instead these should be capped at a maximum of 12 hours.
  • Focus will be placed on the fact that the work week should consist of 40 hours and that all seven days of the week should be considered as possible normal working days.

The Employment (Flexible Work Arrangements) (Miscellaneous) Provisions Bill is to be debated in the Houses of Parliament by September this year.

This was disclosed by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Derrick Kellier, during his presentation in the  2014/15 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 28.

Mr. Kellier noted that the impending debate will take into consideration the fact that there will be no set eight or 10 hours work days, but instead these should be capped at a maximum of 12 hours.

He also mentioned that focus will be placed on the fact that the work week should consist of 40 hours; that all seven days of the week should be considered as possible normal working days; and that overtime should be earned after the worker has completed 40 hours.

“The decision to introduce flexible work options as an element of nation building is expected to vary the traditional Monday to Friday, 9 to 5 work pattern. They are designed, furthermore, 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 pursue other jobs,” Mr. Kellier said.

Meanwhile, the Labour Minister emphasized that flexi work week arrangements do not mean that employers will be obliged or forced to implement such work arrangements.

“What we are saying is that the new piece of legislation will be so structured as to give employers the option to examine their establishments to determine whether flexible work arrangements will be beneficial to the organization,” Mr. Kellier said.

He added that the Ministry is pressing ahead with the Bill, which seeks to remove all legislative impediments to flexi-work, “because productivity is about prosperity.”