Reservists and Other Amendments
On 12 April 2016 the Social Security Minister lodged Amendment 10 to the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003, with the States Assembly for debate on 24 May 2016. This Amendment puts in place employment protection for Reservists.
In a press release, Deputy Pinel said: "Current Ministry of Defence strategy aims to increase the number of reservists by 2020, potentially doubling the numbers in the Jersey Field Squadron to around 80. Reserve service can be disruptive for the employer, particularly in a small business. However, these rights are vital to encourage sufficient numbers of people - with all types of skills and backgrounds - to commit to reserve service."
Amendment 10 also includes some further points:
- the 2/3rds rule in relation to Fixed Term Contracts will be removed, meaning that any employee will need to have been employed for 52 weeks before claiming for unfair dismissal (other than any auto-unfair dismissals);
- the widening of reasons for family friendly absence where dismissal of replacement employee will be fair;
- the right to claim up to 4 weeaks compensation for any breaches of statutory rights in relation of terms of employment, uninterrupted rest day and pay slips.