St Helena : St Helena: EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS LAW SET FOR MARCH 2013
Submitted by Saint Helena Herald (Public Relations Information Office) 22.12.2012 (Article Archived on 05.01.2013)
St Helena’s Employment Rights Ordinance passed through Legislative Council in 2010. Parts of it (subsections 7-10) are already in force
EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS LAW SET FOR MARCH 2013
St Helena’s Employment Rights Ordinance passed through Legislative Council in 2010. Parts of it (subsections 7-10) are already in force - allowing for the creation of an Employment Rights Committee and for work to be undertaken on a possible Minimum Wage. The remaining parts of the Ordinance had to await the appointment of a new Labour Regulating Authority as the enforcing body. That appointment has now been made, with the role being fulfilled by the Chief Magistrate, and it is therefore the intention to bring the remaining parts of the Ordinance into force on 31 March 2013, along with Regulations drafted by the Labour Regulating Authority.
The Ordinance introduces a number of important rights for employees (in all sectors), and also sets a number of duties for all employers. Whilst many employers may already be conforming to their new duties, it is essential that all make themselves aware of what they will be required to do under the new law. Those duties will be enforceable under statute by the Labour Regulating Authority, and any employers failing to comply may face financial penalties and compensation payments of up to £10,000 - and potentially more under some circumstances.
The new Ordinance is already available for viewing on the St Helena Government website (www.sainthelena.gov.sh - on the Law Page), and further details of its key rights and requirements for employees and employers will follow shortly in a leaflet and other public information, including radio broadcasts early in the New Year.