Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Jamaica as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

Jamaica: Unemployment insurance scheme

Jamaica is moving ahead with the establishment of the country’s first unemployment insurance scheme …

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Jamaica: Major hike in low pay (1st June 2024)

The national minimum wage has just been increased by 15%, from $13,000 to $15,000 (US$96 …

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Jamaica: Strengthening rights for the disabled

In a recent speech, the Minister of Labour and Social Security, Pearnel Charles Jr, has invited all those with a disability who experiences any denial of rights at work to apply to the newly Disability Rights Tribunal to assess their case under the Disabilities Act (2014) …

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Jamaica: Employer’s annual return (S02) due 2nd April 2024

Employers must register online and file the return electronically using the Tax Agency’s tax portal at www …

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Jamaica: Substantial increase to state pensions

The old age and retirement pensions have just been increased by between 23% to 76% …

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Jamaica: Reform of working time nears approval

A parliamentary committee is approaching agreement on a working time law that has been under consideration since 2001 …

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Jamaica: Government to increase minimum wage by 44% from June 2023

On 1st June 2023, the national gross minimum wage will increase from J$9,000 (US$59 …

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Jamaica: Weekly state pensions scale to be increased from April 2023

With effect from 1st April 2023, the flat rate for the minimum weekly pension will be increased by 76 …

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Jamaica: New laws ensure international tax standards

Two new laws ensure international tax standards – especially in Special Economic Zones …

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Jamaica: National minimum wage increasing to $9,000 a week

With effect from 1st April 2022, the national minimum wage will increase by 28 …

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Jamaica: Companies urged to get sensitised on new Data Protection Act

The deadline is fast approaching for implementation of the Data Protection Act …

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Jamaica: Mandatory work-from-home order for private sector would be self defeating – JEF

The Jamaican Employers’ Federation (JEF) has complained to the government that its new order for employees to work from home cannot apply to 74% of private sector employees …

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Jamaica: What happens when a public holiday falls on a weekend?

This year, two national holidays fall on a Saturday and therefore the question arises whether they should be moved to a weekday …

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Jamaica: National minimum wage consultations finalised

The National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission has ended its consultations and will issue its proposals for parliamentary approval early next year …

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Jamaica: Youth unemployment rate declined

Latest figures from the Statistical Institute of Jamaica indicated that over the year to April 2019, total youth unemployment (those aged under 24) decreased by 6 …

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