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Department brings forward proposals to modernise work permit law 14 February 2011

The Department of Economic Development has released a consultation document which sets out proposals to modernise existing work permit law. Consultees are invited to give their views on both a draft Bill and draft Regulations.

Commenting on the proposals, Minister for Economic Development, Allan Bell MHK, said: “The Island’s work permit legislation was originally intended to safeguard the employment opportunities of largely unskilled workers in what is now almost a bygone age. Today, our diverse economy requires a workforce with a huge number and range of skills and expertise yet the Control of Employment Act 1975 largely predates this transformation in the Island’s fortunes. It is crucial that we update the existing legislation so that it’s in keeping with the needs of today’s economy.”

The Department is not proposing to fundamentally alter the system of work permits. Rather, the intention is to make a series of improvements and to deal appropriately with the problem areas in the legislation.

Copies of the consultation document can be downloaded from the Department’s website or requested from the Department. Submissions regarding the proposals should be sent by post or email to the Department’s Legislation Officer, Jonathan Clague by Friday 25th March 2011.

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