Chamber reviews laws, regulations

The Chamber of Commerce is re-establishing an Employment Legislation Review Committee to review the Labour Law and Regulations and the proposed revisions of the Pension Law and Regulations.

A final report will be submitted to the Chamber Council by 13 April. The most recent review of proposed employment legislation took place in 2002-2003 and was led by former Chamber president Angelyn Hernandez and a multi-industry and associations committee. It expressed the membership’s strong opposition to some of the proposals, which were considered inflationary, unfair to workers and onerous for employers, the Chamber said.

Based on the report, some proposals were withdrawn or amended.

The committee will now review the proposals and determine whether the Chamber’s previous position remains or requires modification.

“The Chamber’s role is to ensure that our members’ current interests and opinions are represented accurately in regards to any proposed legislation by government,” said Chamber President James O’Neill.

“In addition to reexamining the findings of the Chamber’s 2002/2003 Employment Relations Report,” he said, “a survey will be distributed to the Chamber membership to make certain that its content still reflects the view of our members today.”

The committee will be chaired by Ms Hernandez; deputy chair will be Chamber councillor Colin Reid. Representatives from the Cayman Islands Society of Human Resources Professionals, Cayman Contractors Association, Cayman Islands Bankers Association, Cayman Islands Tourism Association, Cayman Finance, Foster’s Food Fair, CUC, Island Companies and Appleby will be invited to participate on the committee.

Once approved by the Chamber Council, the committee’s report and findings will be presented to government.

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