Introduction of The Maternity Leave and Adoption Leave
(Guernsey) Ordinance, 2016
From today the Maternity Leave and Adoption Leave (Guernsey)
Ordinance, 2016 comes into force. A link to the Ordinance can be
The Ordinance introduces the following rights to statutory
maternity leave for pregnant employees due to give birth on or
after 7 August 2016 and who have complied with the relevant
12 weeks' basic
maternity leave (which includes two weeks of compulsory statutory
maternity leave, during which it is an offence for an employer to
permit the mother to work) regardless of service; and
additional maternity leave where employees have 15
months or more service at the beginning of the eleventh week before
their due date.
A number of other provisions are also introduced, including:
Adoption leave on broadly equivalent
terms to those set out above in respect of pregnant women.
A right for employees returning from
statutory maternity leave to return to the job in which they were
employed before their absence. Where it is not reasonably
practicable to allow the employee to return to that job, the
employer can offer another job which is both suitable and
appropriate in the circumstances.
Two weeks of statutory maternity
support leave for the partner of a pregnant woman (or other,
nominated person) providing that the partner has worked for his or
her current employer for 15 consecutive months at the beginning of
the eleventh week before the baby's due date.
Statutory time off to attend
ante-natal appointments and the ability to work for up to 10 days
while on maternity leave without losing entitlement to maternity
leave or benefits ("Keep In Touch" or KIT days).
New procedural rules regarding the Jersey Employment and
The Employment and Discrimination Tribunal (Procedure) Order
2016 also comes into force today. The Order deals with all aspects
of case management in relation to claims being heard in the Jersey
Employment and Discrimination Tribunal. A link to the Order can be
Update to Jersey minimum wage
The minimum wage in Jersey will rise from £6.78 to
£6.97 per hour. There will also be increases to other
associated amounts such as the minimum wage for trainees undergoing
approved training. Minimum training rates will rise from
£5.09 to £5.23 per hour in respect of a first year
trainee and from £5.93 to £6.10 per hour for a second
The maximum values that may be offset each week against the
minimum wage where accommodation or accommodation and food are
provided to an employee are also revised upwards as follows:
accommodation and food).
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