Public meetings set on pension, labor changes

The Cayman Islands government will hold a series of public hearings this month and in August to allow for comments and discussion on recently released amendments to the pensions law and the rewritten Labour Law, now known as the Labour Relations Bill.

The labor bill, for the first time, seeks to introduce a minimum wage of $6 per hour in the Cayman Islands and to raise the retirement age to 65, among other changes proposed to private sector employment rules.

The proposed changes to the National Pensions Law account for the rise in the retirement age and seek to create an easier process by which companies can be fined for not paying into worker retirement accounts.

District meetings this month will cover the Labour Relations Bill. Those meetings are set for Tuesday, July 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay; Thursday, July 16 at 8 p.m. at the North Side Civic Centre; Monday, July 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Savannah Primary School Hall; Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall in George Town; and Thursday, July 23 at 8 p.m. at the East End Civic Centre.

The meetings on the National Pensions (Amendment) Bill, 2015, are scheduled for Monday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. at the North Side Civic Centre; Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Savannah Primary School Hall; Monday, Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. at the East End Civic Centre; Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at West Bay’s John A. Cumber Primary School; and Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Hall in George Town.

Cayman Brac will hold same-day meetings to discuss both bills on Saturday, July 18 at the Layman Scott High School Hall, starting with the Labour Relations Bill from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and the National Pensions Bill from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

The public is invited to attend.

Anyone who wishes to submit written comments is asked to email the Ministry of Employment at [email protected]

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