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Bryan seeks full Caymanian leadership

Should all leadership positions in Cayman be reserved for sons of the soil? George Town Central legislator thinks so.

Government to hire former convicts in pilot program

The Portfolio of the Civil Service is launching a program to hire people who have been previously been convicted in court.

Civil Service College nets another class of graduates

Twenty-eight civil servants graduated recently with certificates, associate degrees and bachelor degrees from the Civil Service College.

Roydell Carter retires from civil service

After nine months on required leave for unspecified reasons, Roydell Carter, director of the Department of Environmental Health, has chosen to “retire” from the civil service, according to a statement from government Tuesday.

Civil service pay increase: Bigger paychecks, no healthcare costs

Cayman’s civil servants have welcomed the news that they will be receiving larger paychecks next month after Premier Alden McLaughlin announced a 5 percent pay increase backdated to July 1.

EDITORIAL – Tick-tock goes the Choudhury clock: Where is our governor?

The longer this issue remains unresolved, the greater the reputational damage that continues to accrue – certainly to Governor Choudhury but also to the U.K. and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO).

Ex-civil servant jailed for 15 months

Former civil servant Trisha Marissa Jackson was sentenced on Monday to 15 months immediate imprisonment for theft, false accounting and obtaining property by deception.

Guest column: The red tape fiasco

You do not have to be a governor or a rocket scientist to figure out that the islands are awash in red tape.

Ex-civil servant jailed for 15 months

Trisha Marissa Jackson, 39, was sentenced on Monday to 15 months’ immediate imprisonment for offenses of dishonesty while she worked as a civil servant between 2011 and 2016.

Training designed to increase efficiency

The Cayman Islands government is spending $60,000 to train 100 workers to be better at recognizing viable projects its various ministries should pursue.

EDITORIAL – Gov. Choudhury puts government on ‘burn notice’

Governor Anwar Choudhury has pledged to “shred or burn policies or bits of bureaucracy” that serve no apparent purpose. We say: “Burn, baby, burn.”

Governor pledges to ‘burn away’ Cayman’s sprawling bureaucracy

Cayman Islands Governor Anwar Choudhury wants to “burn or shred” bureaucratic civil service policies that seem to serve no other purpose than creating “soul-destroying” busy-work for government employees and endless frustration for the people those workers are supposed to assist.

Government job numbers higher after ‘austerity’

The Cayman Islands civil service employed more staff at the end of 2017 than it did in 2008-2009 at the start of public sector austerity measures enacted just after the global financial crisis, an auditor general’s office report has revealed.

EDITORIAL – A ‘Trumpian move’ that Cayman should emulate

With a series of executive orders, U.S. President Donald Trump has cut the ropes that tied the hands of managers hoping to hold their government departments and agencies to appropriately high standards. Cayman Islands legislators should do the same.

EDITORIAL – Investigations into government employees continue to grow

A probe into the possible misuse of government resources adds yet another name to the already-lengthy list of public officials who have been sidelined by investigation.

Immigration Department faces dissolution in merger

The Cayman Islands Immigration Department will likely no longer be a standalone public sector entity, once the local government finishes a series of reorganizations it is making within the civil service, the Cayman Compass has learned.

Civil service makeup changes little over 5 years

The Cayman Islands government service is slightly better paid, a bit more Caymanian and has a few more female workers than it did five years before 2016.

EDITORIAL – Hiring authority: It must not be delegated or usurped

What Deputy Governor Franz Manderson knows, and former Deputy Governor Donovan Ebanks ought to know, is that department heads – not appointed commissions – MUST be empowered to make hiring decisions.
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EDITORIAL – Healthcare obligations: The straight story (minus the sugarcoating)

Every citizen of these fair isles should be asking whether they are comfortable spending “hundreds of millions” of dollars each year of their hard-earned money to pay the healthcare benefits promised to our civil servants by our vote-seeking politicians.

Civil servants avoid healthcare fees for now

The roughly 3,600 people now employed within the central Cayman Islands government service will not be required to pay a portion of their monthly healthcare costs, Financial Secretary Ken Jefferson said Wednesday.

Public pension payments to increase again

For the second time in as many years, the Cayman Islands government is expected to increase its annual pension payments to cover civil service workers’ retirement plans.

Auditors: Government personnel costs ‘understated’ by millions

The Cayman Islands government spends about 68 percent of its annual budget on employee payroll, according to estimates compiled this week by the auditor general’s office.

EDITORIAL – Time for reflection: How does our civil service see itself?

In recent years, the idea of “engagement” has become a sort of philosopher’s stone of managerial alchemy – a one-size-fits-all metric for everything from boosting customer loyalty to teaching early literacy to fostering a productive workplace.

Survey: Government workers largely satisfied

A new survey shows Cayman government workers are largely satisfied with their jobs. The internally conducted poll asked nearly 2,300 civil service employees about the work they perform, their management and questions about their personal lives.
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Higher turnover for public school teachers, gov’t lawyers

A total of 127 teachers and 13 legal practitioners have left the Cayman Islands civil service within the past two years, according to human resources management documents released to the Legislative Assembly last week.

Civil service retains older workers

The Cayman Islands government now has 261 workers over age 60 in its ranks, following a change to the public sector’s retirement age last year.

Government to limit paid suspension time for civil servants

A proposal to limit the time a Cayman Islands government employee can remain on paid leave during a criminal investigation will go to Cabinet members later this year, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said Friday.

Civil servants read to Lighthouse students

Civil servants celebrated International Literacy Day on Sept. 8 by reading aloud to students at the Lighthouse School and donating 23 books to the school’s library.

Civil service decade-long hiring ‘moratorium’ ends

A hiring “moratorium” that a number of government managers complained was slowing efforts to fill civil service job vacancies for the last 10 years has ended.

Public sector losing $38.5 million on health insurance costs

Cayman Islands public sector entities will lose a combined $38.5 million over the next three years, largely because the government insurer expects to pay much more to cover future healthcare premiums for uninsured residents.

Government staff increased 3% in 2016

Nearly 6,000 people worked in the Cayman Islands public sector during 2016, according to figures produced by the government. From year to year, the total number of public sector employees grew by 152 workers, 132 of them Caymanians. The public sector employment was about 75 percent Caymanian and 25 percent non-Caymanian.

EDITORIAL – Government liabilities: When the bills approach the billions …

The country’s unfunded healthcare liability, now estimated at $1.7 billion for retiring and retired public employees, is an aneurysm that is going to burst.

Deputy governor concerned about ‘politicized’ civil service

A heated Legislative Assembly exchange Monday over the fate of a Cayman Islands senior prisons manager brought warnings against “politicizing” the public service from Deputy Governor Franz Manderson.

EDITORIAL – Celebrate growth: Kiss a stingray, hug a Cayman voter

Although as we have noted above, stingrays are extremely valuable to Cayman’s economy, in the coming decades our country cannot hope to pay for the salaries, benefits and retirement schemes for our overgrown civil service through stingrays alone. What Cayman needs, in brief, is more Caymanians.

EDITORIAL – Immigration arrests: Under punishment of ‘paid vacation’

The cloud of criminal suspicion and alleged malfeasance enshrouding the Immigration Department is a real and reputational threat to the Cayman Islands. Public statements and paid suspensions are an insufficient response.

EDITORIAL – ‘Project Future’: A progress report (minus the progress)

The Ernst & Young report on reducing the size and cost of the Cayman Islands civil service, it seems, was just a fantasy. Project Future – the government’s ongoing reinterpretation of the EY Report – is shaping up to be something else entirely.

Project future total: Three down, 41 to go, 8 uncertain

The Cayman Islands government has completed three “projects” as part of an effort to restructure the civil service for better efficiency and lower costs, according to a report issued Friday.

EDITORIAL – A modest attempt to tame Cayman’s public authorities

The good news about the Public Authorities Bill is that it aims to make Cayman Islands statutory authorities and government-owned companies operate more like central government.

Gov’t to pay 17% toward pensions

Cayman Cabinet members have approved a $16 million additional annual payment toward the “funding deficiency” in the main civil service employees’ retirement plan, to be made in monthly installments for the forseeable future.

36 percent of civil service employees are eligible to retire

About 1,300 employees in the Cayman Islands civil service – more than one-third of the entire workforce – could retire as of today if they wished. About 200 of those employees are age 60 or older and have been allowed to continue working past what had been the normal retirement age (60) until the law was changed in September.

Inmates’ project wins Pirates Week float prize

One of the winning floats at Saturday’s Pirates Week parade was built by inmates of Northward Prison who put their carpentry skills to work by building a prize-winning wagon. Members of the prison workshop built the wagon around the Pirates Week theme of “Age of Romance.”

Male prison managers win gender discrimination case

Four male Cayman Islands prison service managers who alleged they were “unequally remunerated” for performing essentially the same value work as a female supervisor who was paid more and given greater benefits, won their case before the four-member Gender Equity Tribunal this month.

31 graduate from Civil Service College

Thirty-one government workers graduated from the Cayman Islands Civil Service College last week. Of the graduates, 22 earned honors or merits, achieving GPAs of 3.5 or 3.0 and above, respectively, according to a government press release.

Civil servants wear pink to support Lions Club’s breast cancer awareness effort

Government workers, members of the public and Acting Deputy Governor Stran Bodden donned pink on Friday to mark Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Civil servants join domestic abuse campaign

Civil servants joined with the Business and Professional Women’s Club Friday to make a symbolic stand against domestic violence Friday at the Government Administration Building.

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Civil service pulling employees off paid suspension

The Cayman Islands government service is bringing back to work some employees who were suspended as a result of suspected criminal activity and instituting internal disciplinary proceedings against them for “gross misconduct” after they return.

EDITORIAL – Civil service: Judges are not HR managers

The threshold for dismissal of an employee is not equivalent to criminal charges, convictions or prison terms; rather, it is an independent standard set by the individual employer that, in general, can be described as “acceptable professional behavior.”

Former administrator retires after more than 33 years

Henry Parchment has retired from his post as financial administrator for the Ministry of Planning, Lands, Agriculture, Housing and Infrastructure after serving more than 33 years in the civil service.

Veteran customs managers retiring

Two senior managers at the Cayman Islands Customs Department will retire effective July 1, leading to a significant reshuffling in the upper ranks of the service.

EDITORIAL – The necessary wall between MLAs and civil servants

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson etched a definitive and necessary line in the floor of the House, demarcating where the remit of lawmakers ends — and where the apolitical civil service begins.

31 civil servants on paid leave

Thirty-one Cayman Islands civil servants are on suspension with pay over various issues, including criminal allegations, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson confirmed Wednesday.

Government bonus payment expanded

More Cayman Islands government workers will be receiving a modest bonus in their paychecks this month.

‘Hollywood’ civil service gets more staff

The Cayman Islands civil service will have fewer “actors” but will likely gain additional employees as job vacancies are filled in the coming months, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson told the Legislative Assembly last week.

Government pays $18 million to fund pensions

The Cayman Islands government will give an extra $18 million to its Public Service Pensions Board to “catch up” what a 2014 financial evaluation said it should pay toward the main civil service retirement fund for most older government workers, Finance Minister Marco Archer said last week.

Bills: Confidentiality changes, civil service retirement age

Another raft of legislative changes, mostly related to Cayman’s financial reporting mechanisms and civil service work rules, are due to come before the Legislative Assembly this month.

Lawmakers will not get 2.2 percent bonus

Cayman Islands elected officials will not receive a modest bonus being given to civil servants this month, Finance Minister Marco Archer confirmed Monday.

Cayman’s 20-year pension bill: $320 million

The Cayman Islands government has been advised to pay an additional $16 million a year for the next 20 years to help settle funding deficiencies in one of its civil service pension plans.

Budget: Major development, pay bonuses ahead

The upcoming government budget incorporates aspects of a development agreement between the Cayman Islands public sector and the Dart group of companies, Premier Alden McLaughlin announced Monday.

Howell named to top ministry post

Wesley Howell is about to become a very busy man.

Job transfers, new retirement age for civil service employees

The Cayman Islands deputy governor will be allowed to transfer or even assign lower pay grades to civil service employees in circumstances where a Caymanian job-seeker has applied for what is considered to be a “key” position, according to proposed legislation made public this week.

Public pensions urge government support for funding plan

Cayman’s Public Service Pensions Board said Tuesday that it is “looking forward” to government’s continued cooperation to ensure long-term stability in the three public sector retirement plans it manages.

Possible 2024 ‘depletion’ of gov’t retirement fund

Unless government increases employee contributions to the main civil service retirement fund, financial advisers estimate that the pension fund for most older government workers and current retirees could be depleted by 2024.

Civil servants deny agreement reached to end free healthcare

The Civil Service Association has strongly denied that any agreement has been reached to end the policy of free healthcare for government workers.

EDITORIAL – The civil service should not be a jobs program

An exchange of words between East End Arden McLean and Deputy Governor Franz Manderson about a young man who didn't secure a job with the Prison Service shed light on what is right with the Cayman Islands government, and what is wrong.

Deputy governor says civil service ‘taking beating’ from lawmakers

The verbal “beating” Cayman Islands government workers sometimes receive from elected lawmakers has made some Caymanians reluctant to join the civil service, Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said Friday.

Public sector agencies change job application forms

Two Cayman Islands public sector agencies have pledged to change application forms for future recruitment efforts following revelations that a number of government entities were asking questions about applicants’ “nationality at birth.”

EDITORIAL – Manderson on a worthy mission

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, it appears, has thrown down the other gauntlet.

Civil service fires 16 people in 14 months

Sixteen people have been fired from the Cayman Islands civil service since January 2015, mostly due to what was termed “misconduct.”

Civil servants step up to challenge

Auditor Ruel Huet won the civil servants’ pedometer challenge, clocking in excess of 70,000 steps, the equivalent of around 35 miles a day.

Civil service reform: ‘Seeing is believing’

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‘Inadequate performance’ continues in civil service

Despite public warnings issued a year ago, Cayman Islands Deputy Governor Franz Manderson said poor performance in government “continues by some staff.”

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