On 1 September 2015 significant new employment rights will come
into force in Jersey aimed at supporting families and gender
For the first time women will have a right to maternity leave of
between 8 and 18 weeks including two weeks paid leave. Fathers,
adopters and civil partners will be entitled to take up to two
weeks unpaid parental leave. As an added layer of protection unfair
dismissal rights are extended so that dismissal on the grounds of
pregnancy, maternity, parental leave or breast feeding is
All employees with caring responsibilities can ask for flexible
working including shorter hours or different working times. A
request can be made once every 12 months. The employer can refuse
if the change will have a negative impact on the employer's
business or involve additional costs.
The Discrimination Law is extended to prohibit discrimination on
the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, maternity, breast feeding
and gender reassignment. As with race discrimination the law
applies in almost all public arenas including employment, provision
of goods and services, training and letting of property. The
maximum compensation award remains at Ł10,000.
Employers need to ensure that they have updated their policies,
procedures and handbooks. Given that the impact of the sex
discrimination provisions is much wider than employment, businesses
that supply goods and services should be aware of the new
requirements and provide adequate information and training to their
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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