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  • Executive Chairman of the Lasco Group of Companies, Hon. Lascelles Chin, has expressed support for the flexible working arrangements, which are being introduced under the Employment (Flexible Work Arrangements) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 2014.
  • The Bill seeks to amend several pieces of legislation, including: the Apprenticeship (motor mechanic trade) Order; the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act; the Excise Duty Act; the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Regulations; the Holiday with Pay Order; the National Minimum Wage Act; and the National Minimum Wage Order, 1975.
  • he Bill also indicates that all seven days of the week should be considered possible workdays, a provision that has ignited intense debate among church leaders who want to preserve special days of worship.

Executive Chairman of the Lasco Group of  Companies, Hon. Lascelles Chin, has expressed support for the flexible working arrangements, which are being introduced under the Employment (Flexible Work Arrangements) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill, 2014.

Addressing the 2014 Convention of the Jamaica Association of Administrative Professionals (JAAP), at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort, in Montego Bay, St. James, on October 4, Mr. Chin said he is heartened by the passing of the Bill in the House.

“We must now hope that it does not remain mired in unproductive debates in the Senate. Flexi-week is long overdue and it is an essential strategy for the realization of economic stability and a more productive workforce,” he said.

Mr. Chin noted that other countries have already adopted the flexi-week policy which have been successful.

“It is one solution…and a desirable one. It is for us business leaders and employers to give it (the proposal) a fighting chance,” he said.

The Bill seeks to  amend several pieces of legislation, including: the Apprenticeship (motor mechanic trade) Order; the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act;  the Excise Duty Act; the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Regulations; the Holiday with Pay Order; the National Minimum Wage Act; and the National Minimum Wage Order, 1975.

It allows for  a flexi-work week of 40 hours. Overtime becomes applicable after the stipulated 40-hour work week. In addition, the flexi-arrangement will increase the maximum number of hours in a workday from eight to 10 hours, to a maximum of 12 hours.

The Bill also indicates that all seven days of the week should be considered possible workdays, a provision that has ignited intense debate among church leaders who want to preserve special days of worship.

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