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Former senator suggests changes to employment act
2013-11-01 13:05:09 | (0 Comments)
Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer
Managing partner in the law firm Murray and Tucker, Dr Leon HoSang, is suggesting that businesses that have been forced to close because of economical conditions be exempt from paying redundancy entitlements.
HoSang is instead calling for changes to be made to the Employment Act to allow for such payments to be made from the National Insurance Scheme.
HoSang made the call during a free seminar in Ocho Rios on Thursday night, held in observance of the law firmís 92nd anniversary.
He later told reporters that failed businesses hardly have what it takes to make redundancy payments.
He explained that most employers want to expand their businesses and it, in practical terms, means in many instances when situations of redundancy arise they are unable to meet the payments required under the (Employment) Act.
He questions why an employer who pays workers every month be required to pay a lump sum when there is no benefit to the company.
HoSang, a former Senator who served in the 1970s, said the situation deserves to be looked at very seriously as some employers change staff just before they reach the two-year time line that would make them eligible for redundancy payment.
HoSang also wants the 120-day period that laid off workers have to wait before they can choose to be made redundant, be reduced to 30 days.
He described the four-month period as a very serious position of uncertainty, which impacts a laid-off workerís physical, mental and psychological health.
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