Press Release – Introduction of ‘Family Friendly’ Legislation
Jersey Chamber of Commerce
Friday 22nd May 2020 Embargo: 11:00
Following an announcement by the Minister of Social Security in the States Assembly on Tuesday 19th May, Chamber had an opportunity for consultation with the Minister on Thursday 21st May. The one hour meeting discussed the announcement to implement the new Family Friendly legislation on the 28th June 2020, subject to the States approval at the sitting on the 16th June 2020.
Chamber has strongly expressed concern to the Minister that the timing of this introduction is inappropriate and lacks understanding of the financial and practical burdens imposed on businesses by the crisis in recent weeks.
Chamber President, Jennifer Carnegie, says Chamber is supportive of the new legislation, but questions the timing of its introduction:
“We recognise that the legislation itself has been approved and provides a welcome improvement in support for families, parents and children. Chamber members do also recognise we are in the midst of the biggest economic crisis in seventy-five years. Government and Business are just starting first tentative steps together, as we begin to think of recovery. We question the timing of this additional burden – businesses have a lot to worry about and in many cases this will further threaten their survival.”
Chamber has strongly urged the Minister to consider a delay to the start of this new legislation by at least by 8 weeks.
“This is a reasonable step, which will show empathy and an understanding of the benefit of allowing the economy to recover a little. To give businesses the chance to re-open, catch their breath and re-establish their revenues before introducing the new scheme is a wholly sensible approach. The Minister was receptive to our suggestion and is now considering our proposal.”
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