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Govt. Looking at Legislation to Better

Protect Household Workers

By Alecia Smith-Edwards – May 31, 2015


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Prime Minister the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (left), and GraceKennedy Group Chief Executive Officer, Don Wehby (right), with Rosetta Steer, the 2015 GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year. Ms. Steer, who received cash, gift vouchers, and other prizes, was awarded during a ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, on May 29. – Photo by: Yhomo Hutchinson

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says the Government is looking at legislation to better protect household workers who continue to provide valuable and essential services to many families across Jamaica.

She assured that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, with support from her office and the relevant stakeholders, “will work towards the policy framework and will discuss the possibility of domestic worker legislation.”

Mrs. Simpson Miller was speaking at the GraceKennedy/Heather Little-White Household Worker of the Year Award ceremony, held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, on May 29. The Prime Minister said Jamaica supports Convention 189 of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which was adopted in 2011 for the protection of domestic workers globally.

“(We are) taking the necessary steps to officially ratify it (the Convention) as further demonstration of our support for the Decent Work Agenda of the ILO,” she added.

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This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://jis.gov.jm/


Jamaicans Urged to Adhere to

Guidelines on Use of National Symbols

By Athaliah Reynolds-Baker – July 31, 2014


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Executive Director (Acting) and Legal Counsel of the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO), Lilyclaire Bellamy, makes a point during an interview at the JIPO offices in New Kingston July 28. – Photo by: JIS Photographer

It is two days before Emancipation Day and eight days until Independence, and Jamaican flags are adorning cars, homes and business places in a show of patriotism and celebration of nationhood.

Other national emblems and symbols are often used as part of the various ceremonies and festivities held during the annual ‘Emancipendence’ period.

While this practice is encouraged, citizens are being reminded to adhere to the guidelines and rules governing the appropriate use of the country’s seven national symbols and emblems.

This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://jis.gov.jm/
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Charities Must Register to Benefit from 

Tax Exemptions

By Latonya Linton – November 29, 2013.

Charitable organisations that wish to benefit from tax exemptions or other statutory relief must register with the relevant authority in order to access such benefit.
This was stated by Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Senator Mark Golding, in the Senate on Thursday, November 28, in response to a comment by Opposition Senator, Alexander Williams, during debate on the Charities Act 2013. The Bill, which was passed, provides for the regulation of all charitable bodies intending to, or are already operating in Jamaica.
A key part of the Extended Fund Facility between Jamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the legislation makes provision for the establishment of a comprehensive legal and institutional framework and will facilitate the registration, regulation, administration and governance of the private voluntary sector operating in Jamaica.

This article was taken from the Jamaica Information Service Website – http://jis.gov.jm/
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