Suva community briefed on decent job creation

Homes of Hope representative Turenga Nakalevu asks a question during the consultation with Employment Minister Jone Usamate yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE Suva community were briefed about the Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relation’s role in decent job creation and productivity at workplaces.

Minister responsible Jone Usamate who has been going around the country as part of a roadshow addressed businesses, employees and members of the public during the consultation at the Albert Park conference room in Suva.

Mr Usamate highlighted issues such as minimum wage, labour standards, National Employment Centre, National Occupational Health and Safety Service, unemployment, employment for people living with disabilities, tax rebates for employers who employ people with disabilities and those who were never employed before, as well as some of the new laws that will come into effect from next January.

This also includes the increase in maternity leave from 84 days to 98 days, five-day paternity leave and the family care leave.

He also stressed that workers and employers must clearly understand about the various labour laws and regulations in place, and seek clarifications from the ministry if they are unsure of any issues related to their terms and conditions of employment.

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