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Changes To Closed & Restricted Job Categories

Changes To Closed & Restricted Job Categories

The Ministry will be extending the moratorium on new work permits issued for certain closed job categories for a six-month period, ending July 31st, with debt-collectors, telephone switchboard operators, pool/beach attendants, deckhands, and dispatchers [road transport] added to the ‘closed list,’ while recruiter and nail technicians have... Read more of this article

‘Laws That Support Progress In Workplace’

‘Laws That Support Progress In Workplace’

Expanding bereavement leave, requiring employers to provide their employees with a meal break of at least 30 minutes after 5 hours, and placing a moratorium for new work permits on 41 additional occupations are some of the policies that were detailed in the recently released “Ministry of Labour Year End Review 2021. In the section entitled “preserved... Read more of this article

Column: Working Hard On Behalf Of Workers

Column: Working Hard On Behalf Of Workers

[Opinion column written by MP Michael Weeks] The Government continues to work hard on behalf of the workers of this country. With the most recent amendments to the Employment Act the Government has demonstrated its commitment to ensure workers’ rights are protected in the workplace. Additional rights include the following:A requirement for employers... Read more of this article

‘Further Strengthening Of Workplace Protection’

‘Further Strengthening Of Workplace Protection’

The Labour Advisory Council will be asked to review a number of possible policies including a requirement to notify the Ministry of Labour when an employer intends to terminate more than 20 people, workplace inspections, wage theft protections and more. This is according to a statement from Minister of Labour Jason Hayward in the House of Assembly,... Read more of this article

Ministry Acknowledges Auditor’s Assessment

Ministry Acknowledges Auditor’s Assessment

The Ministry of Finance said they acknowledge the Auditor General’s assessment of the Covid unemployment benefit programme and said they will incorporate the “recommendations into our approach where a gap has been identified.” A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Finance acknowledges the Auditor General’s assessment... Read more of this article

Webinar On Violence & Harassment In Workplace

Webinar On Violence & Harassment In Workplace

The Ministry of Labour’s Labour Relations Manager recently participated in a webinar entitled Eliminating Violence and Harassment in the World of Work in the Caribbean hosted by the International Labour Organisation’s Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean. A Government spokesperson said, “In pursuit of the elimination of violence... Read more of this article

Column: The Jobs Situation In Bermuda

Column: The Jobs Situation In Bermuda

[Opinion column written by PLP MP Michael Weeks] The coronavirus pandemic has created a lot of stress for people. The stress of schools being opened and closed; Dealing with e-learning; Taking care of elderly parents and relatives masked and worried about their health; And, of course, the stress of lost jobs and lost opportunity. This week, we took... Read more of this article

Unfair Contractual Terms, Employment Contracts

Unfair Contractual Terms, Employment Contracts

Noting that the Ministry has received several reports “about unfair contractual terms and employment contracts that seem to take advantage of the current economic climate,” Minister of Labour Jason Hayward advised employers “against the use of precarious independent contractor work contracts.” Minister Hayward said, “I take... Read more of this article

DWD Accepting Trainee Program Applications

DWD Accepting Trainee Program Applications

The Department of Workforce Development is now accepting applications for the 2022 Graduate Trainee Programme. A Government spokesperson said, “As part of the Bermuda Economic Recovery Plan’s Youth Employment Strategy, the Ministry of Labour launched the first Graduate Trainee Pilot Programme in February 2021, with 15 recent college/university graduates... Read more of this article

Pandemic Impact: Total Jobs Declined By 1,951

Pandemic Impact: Total Jobs Declined By 1,951

Noting that “employment was impacted by economic contractions caused by the pandemic,” Minister for the Cabinet Office Wayne Furbert said that “total filled jobs declined by 1,951 jobs or 5.7% from 34,378 jobs in 2019 to 32,427 in 2020.” Speaking at yesterday’s [Oct 25] press conference, Minister Furbert said, “This... Read more of this article

Update On Restricted & Closed Job Categories

Update On Restricted & Closed Job Categories

The Ministry of Labour is advising of “changes to the closed and restricted job categories, effective from November 1st, 2021, for a 3-month period.” A Government spokesperson said, “The Ministry of Labour will be extending the moratorium on new work permits issued for closed job categories until January 31st, 2022. Please note that... Read more of this article

Ignite Bermuda Hires Selica Blackwood

Ignite Bermuda Hires Selica Blackwood

Ignite Bermuda has hired Selica Blackwood as their new Communications and Administrations Officer. A spokesperson said, “Ignite Bermuda is excited to have expanded with the hire of Bermudian Selica Blackwood as the new Communications and Administrations Officer after receiving 79 applications from highly qualified candidates. “Ms. Blackwood brings... Read more of this article

Update On Restricted & Closed Job Categories

Update On Restricted & Closed Job Categories

The Ministry of Labour is advising the public of “changes to the closed and restricted job categories, effective from August 1 for a three month period,” noting that they are extending the moratorium on new work permits for certain closed job categories until October 31st, 2021. A Government spokesperson said, “As highlighted in the 2020... Read more of this article