The Department of Labour & Pensions encourages employers and employees alike to follow the guidelines outlined by the Chief Medical Officer and the Public Health Department. All employers owe their staff a duty to protect their health and safety and should have plans in place to manage business continuity in the event of COVID-19 impacting their operation.
As part of this, employers should communicate with employees to assure them that the employer is monitoring the situation and taking steps to plan for disruption. The communication should also relay the current Government advice in relation to infection prevention, including in relation to hygiene: that regular proper hand washing is the best way to protect ourselves against infection.
While the Labour Law (2011 Revision) does not address this specific situation, it does establish the required minimum standards and allows employers to establish conditions of service more advantageous to any employee than the minimum employment standards established by this Law.
The Department of Labour & Pensions will make every effort to work with employers and employees during this time to ensure the proper observance of the Labour Law and its Regulations.
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Following collaboration with Government partners such as the Ministry of Health, Department of Environmental Health, and collaboration with private sector stakeholders and principles of international health entities such as Public Health England, the Department of Tourism has developed standards of practice to establish industry guidelines for sanitation.
The Cayman Islands tourism industry is comprised of many business categories that both directly and indirectly service our visitors:
Guidelines have been created for each category to provide operators in the Cayman Islands with guidance on safety and health-related measures, in response to the global pandemic COVID-19. Each operator is responsible for ensuring that current regulations and legislation of the Cayman Islands Public Health Law regarding the prevention, control and suppression of COVID-19 is adhered to.
The Department of Tourism has also created a document to provide tourism businesses in the Cayman Islands with a template for the drafting of their own COVID-19 policy.
Services are available to established businesses wishing to improve or expand their businesses or to aspiring entrepreneurs interested in starting a business. Our services are free and confidential.
If you are interested in obtaining these services email CICBD@gov.ky or call 244-8009 to book an appointment.
There has been a significant upsurge in cyber related fraud attempts as cyber attackers seek to take advantage of the chaos caused by COVID-19. All of this means that as well as having to adjust to new norms arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses need to safeguard themselves on digital platforms. Here are some tips from the Ministry of Commerce, Planning, and Infrastructure on how to stay secure:
Understanding the significant impact that the lack of childcare services has on families as the country gradually re-opens the economy, it is critical for the Cayman Islands Government (the Government) to give working parents the time, information, services and resources they need to cope with the crisis. Part of this effort involves developing guidance on family-friendly policies and practices for employers to support families, single parents, and employees with limited or no childcare options in the short, medium and long-term.
Workforce Opportunities & Residency Cayman (WORC) answered a number of frequently asked questions relating to work permits, immigration and permanent residency, which are being updated as required. Read more.
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