Striking a fair balance between employers and employees in Cayman Islands labor legislation has been an elusive goal for more than 27 years.
Many people contend the current Labour Law, 2011 Revision, which was substantively enacted in 1987, is not adequate for today’s Cayman and has led to some problems, including the exploitation of some employees, unsafe working conditions for others, and situations where the legal resolution to an employment-related conflict is not reflected in the law.
The government of the day has made labor reform through new legislation one of its priorities. Some believe the problems could be addressed by further amendments to the Labour Law, but the government feels it is best to repeal that law and enact a new piece of legislation.
Since June 24, the Ministry of Employment has accepted public responses to the draft consultation Labour Relations Bill, 2015.
As has happened before, the business community reacted with alarm to some of the provisions included in the draft bill, saying that it could have unintended negative consequences for the employer, the employee and the Cayman Islands as a whole.
The Cayman Compass has learned that many in the public, including some business owners, are unaware of the provisions of the proposed law. With the public consultation period ending Monday, Aug. 31, the Compass is publishing this special report on the Labour Relations Bill, 2015, in order to help inform what is being proposed.
We encourage the public to read these special report articles, which cover a variety of topics relating to the provisions of the draft consultation bill, the history of labor legislation in the Cayman Islands, and knowledgeable opinions both in favor and against the proposed bill.
We believe that only when provided fair and balanced information can people decide for themselves whether the proposed bill, if passed into law, will benefit the Cayman Islands or hurt it.