After nearly two decades, plans for a flexi-week arrangement in Jamaica are one step closer to becoming a reality.
This, as the House of Representatives this afternoon approved draft legislation entitled ‘Employment Flexible Work Arrangements Miscellaneous Provisions Bill 2014’.
A flexible work arrangement or flexi-week, is a variable work schedule, which will allow for the employee and employer to arrange the traditional 40-hour work week as it best suits their needs.
Labour Minister Derrick Kellier piloted the bill in the House today.
Contributing to the debate, North East St. Andrew Member of Parliament, Delroy Chuck, suggested that implementation of the flexi-week arrangement should begin in the civil service, in particular, the tax collection department.
North Central Clarendon MP and Opposition Spokesman on Labour, Pearnel Charles, called for a 1-year moratorium to be put in place before the flexi-week arrangement is put into full effect.
However, in closing the debate, Labour Minister Derrick Kellier told the House that the Government will be moving to implement recommendations regarding the flexi-week arrangement with speed.
Minister Kellier says the Government will also be engaging in a public education campaign.
The Labour Minister says the Government will be moving to ensure that workers are sensitized about the new modalities under the flexi-work week arrangement.
He noted that countries including the UK, Spain, Germany, Italy, Sweden and Korea have all implemented flexi-week arrangements.
Minister Kellier says success of the flexi-work week regime will depend on cooperation from all stakeholders.