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Guernsey: Labour Regulation

Regulatory Environment

Guernsey has an Employment and Discrimination Tribunal which is made up of independent lay people appointed under the law to hear and determine claims of:

  • Discrimination on the grounds of gender, married status or gender reassignment;
  • Victimisation; (for having brought a claim or having given evidence in someone else’s claim under the Sex Discrimination (Employment) (Guernsey) (Ordinance), 2005);
  • Having suffered a detriment for refusing, or proposing to refuse, to work (in a shop) on a Sunday;
  • Unfair Dismissal; and
  • Failure to be provided with a written statement of the reason(s) for dismissal or where reasons are provided, where the Applicant believes these reasons to be inadequate or untrue.

There are currently two part-time Secretaries to the Tribunal who provide administrative support for the Tribunal Panel members and for the process.

Information booklets are available on a wide range of industrial relations topics such as good practice in terminating employment, dealing with disciplinary matters, conducting staff ballots, unfair dismissal and conciliation.

The Minimum Wage (Guernsey) Law, 2009 came into force on October 1, 2010 at rates of GBP6.00 per hour for those aged 19 and over; and a Young Persons Rate for those aged over 16 but under 19 of GBP4.25 per hour. The rates are increased to GBP6.50 per hour and GBP5.25 per hour from October 1, 2013.

The Department also introduced, by Regulation, a statutory amount for Accommodation, or Accommodation and Food which sets (in Law) a maximum figure which can be 'offset' against any calculation to determine whether or not an employee or worker has been paid the minimum wage.

The current offsets are as follows:

  • Where Accommodation only is provided - GBP63.00 (increased from GBP61.50 per week) and;
  • Where Accommodation and Food is provided - GBP90.00 (increased from GBP87.13 per week).



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