Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, Jone Usamate today addressed employers during a meeting at the Albert Park conference room in Suva.

Usamate has been going around the country as part of a roadshow to inform businesses, employees and members of the public as a whole about the ministry’s role in decent job creation and productivity at workplaces.

He highlighted issues such as minimum wage, labour standards, National Employment Center, 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.

These include the increase in maternity leave from 84 days to 98 days, five-day paternity leave and the family care leave.

Usamate 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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