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Social Agencies Welcome New Amendment

Social Agencies Welcome New Amendment

The Inter-Agency Committee for Children and Families, the Coalition for the Protection of Children, Family Centre, and SCARS say that they “jointly celebrate the Criminal Code Amendment Act 2020 recently tabled in the Senate by the Attorney General.” Kelly Hunt of the Coalition for the Protection of Children said, “This is a great example... Read more of this article

Shelter In Place Regulations Amendments No.2

Shelter In Place Regulations Amendments No.2

Amendments were made to the Emergency Powers [Covid-19 Shelter in Place] Regulations 2020 related to co-parenting, alcohol and tobacco wholesalers being allowed to distribute, fishermen & farmers, laundromats and more. This comes after the initial Shelter in Place was extended to May 2nd, as the Government seeks to stem any spread of the Covid-19... Read more of this article

Covid-19: Bill To Allow Power To Close Locations

Covid-19: Bill To Allow Power To Close Locations

A Bill to provide power for the Minister of Health to prevent the threatened spread of a communicable disease by “closing schools, cinemas, churches, hotels or other places of public resort” was tabled in the House Of Assembly today. The Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum states, “This Bill seeks to amend the Public Health Act 1949... Read more of this article

Travel Ban: China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea

Travel Ban: China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea

The Minister of Health has instated a “travel ban disallowing entry to visitors travelling from the four countries where there is sustained community spread of COVID-19: China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea: Daegu or Cheongdo.” A Government spokesperson said, “Last night the Minister of Health used powers under Section 9 of the Quarantine... Read more of this article

Video: Ceremonial Opening Of 2020 Legal Year

Video: Ceremonial Opening Of 2020 Legal Year

A special Court sitting was held today [Feb 14] to mark the Ceremonial Opening of Bermuda’s 2020 Legal Year, and you can watch the 45-minute video below. Related Stories2 Hour Video: Legal Year Ceremonial Opening Photos: Ceremonial Opening Of 2017 Legal Year Photos: Special Sitting Of The Supreme Court September Is National... Read more of this article

New Maternity & Paternity Leave Laws In Effect

New Maternity & Paternity Leave Laws In Effect

The new law which allows for 13 weeks of paid maternity leave and 5 days of paid paternity leave is now in effect. The Government posted the image below, which states: “All businesses should note that the Employment [Maternity Leave Extension and Paternity Leave] Amendment Act takes effect on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. “The amendments extends... Read more of this article

Column: Maternity & Paternity Leave Reform

Column: Maternity & Paternity Leave Reform

[Opinion column written by MP Tinee Furbert] In the Progressive Labour Party’s 2017 Election Platform, our party promised to extend paid maternity leave and introduce paid paternity leave. Recently, in the House of Assembly, I was proud to see that promised fulfilled with the passage of the Government’s Employment [Maternity Leave Extension... Read more of this article

Extend Maternity Leave, Provide Paternity Leave

Extend Maternity Leave, Provide Paternity Leave

A Bill that will provide for vacation leave after the first six months of continuous employment, extend the maternity leave time, and provide for paternity leave recently passed in the House of Assembly. The Bill’s explanatory memorandum said it “provides that an employee who has completed the first six months of continuous employment shall... Read more of this article

September Is National Recovery Month

September Is National Recovery Month

September is National Recovery Month and the Department for National Drug Control [DNDC], the Ministry of Legal Affairs and treatment agencies across the island will hold several events to educate Bermuda about substance use, treatment and mental health services. “There are hundreds of Bermudians whose lives have been transformed through recovery.... Read more of this article

Registry General On Intellectual Property Rights

Registry General On Intellectual Property Rights

The Department of the Registry General and the Office of Intellectual Property are reminding the public to “take the necessary steps to protect their intellectual property rights.” “Intellectual property [IP] qualifies as something novel or the intangible creation of the human intellect. An idea alone is not intellectual property.... Read more of this article

Law Reform Commission Members Appointed

Law Reform Commission Members Appointed

Delroy Duncan has been appointed the Chairperson of the Law Reform Commission, Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons said today, with Senator Simmons also noting that five Commissioners have been appointed; Michael Scott, Mark Pettingill, Rod Attride-Stirling, Kim Wilkerson and Jacqueline Maclellan. Speaking in the Senate today, Senator Simmons said,... Read more of this article

Increase Maternity Leave, Provide Paternity Leave

Increase Maternity Leave, Provide Paternity Leave

This Bill increases maternity leave and provides for paternity leave for the first time in the Legislation, Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports Lovitta Foggo said in the House of Assembly on Friday. “The tabling today of the Employment [Maternity Leave Extension and Paternity Leave] Amendment Act 2019 is the first of a number of proposed... Read more of this article

Minister: ‘Modernisation Of Labour Legislation’

Minister: ‘Modernisation Of Labour Legislation’

It is the Government’s intent to bring forward changes to labour legislation before the end of this year, Minister of Labour, Community Affairs and Sports Lovitta Foggo said, with the changes including provision for increased maternity leave from 8 weeks to 13 weeks, and provision for 5 days paternity leave. Speaking in the House of Assembly today... Read more of this article