Cayman Islands’ employers and employees can now visit a new website and Facebook page launched by the Department of Labour and Pensions last week.
“With the recent amendments to the National Pensions Law approved in the Legislative Assembly earlier this month, it is important that employers and employees alike are aware of the impending changes and how they will impact their lives in the workplace,” said Minister of Employment Tara Rivers. “The goal is to give people as much information as possible so that they can make informed decisions about their future as it relates to pensions and retirement, and also to ensure that they are compliant with the labour and pensions laws of the Cayman Islands.”
In addition to the recent amendments to the National Pensions Law – which were passed but not yet implemented – the Labour (National Minimum Basic Wage) Order, 2016 came into force on March 1, 2016, requiring a minimum wage of CI$6 per hour, unless the employee received gratuities or in-kind benefits such as food and housing, in which case the minimum wage is CI$4.50 per hour.
The new website provides more information about both of the new laws.
The new site, www.dlp.gov.ky, will be the resource for copies of the laws, answers to frequently asked questions and information about the three units of the Department of Labour & Pensions – labour, pensions and inspections. Employees and employers can also use the minimum wage calculator on the site to determine if wages are being paid in accordance with the new law. The DLP’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CIDepartmentLabourPensions, will be the source for latest news and information coming out of the department.
“These two resources will be invaluable mediums for the department to provide material that assists in our public education initiatives,” said Department of Labour & Pensions Director Bennard Ebanks. “The NPL is a result of a highly engaging consultative and legislative reform process, and although the laws themselves are very comprehensive, the DLP Facebook page and website will aim to break the information down, and make it easier to understand.”
Mr. Ebanks also reminded the public of the confidential hotline (945-3073) that people can call to report labour and pensions law violations.