Jersey: Labour Regulation
Jersey employment law is essentially similar to the common law-based structure in England before the introduction of specific legislation in the 1970's. The Jersey Industrial Relations Committee was formed in 1969, but for a variety of reasons it has not been that active in terms of introducing employment legislation.
In 1999 the States agreed a package of employment legislation to be introduced in phases. The first phase has developed into two new laws. The first of these, the Employment Law (Jersey) Law 2003 concentrates on individual rights.
The second is the Employment Relations Law which builds on existing legislation and concentrates on collective rights. It promotes good industrial relations, all in a way that is appropriate to a small Island community.
The Employment Relations (Jersey) Law 2007 came into force on 21 January 2008 and the associated codes of practice came into force (by Order) on 15 February 2008.
In May 2005, the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service (JACS) and the Employment and Social Security Department produced a set of Guidelines on the new Employment (Jersey) Law 2003. These cover all aspects of the Law, including Minimum Wage, Unfair Dismissal, Minimum Rest Periods and Annual Leave.