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Guernsey To Overhaul Work Permit Rules

by Jason Gorringe, Lowtax.net, London
05 April, 2016

Lawmakers in Guernsey have approved a new Population Management Law, the subject of debate for half a decade, that aims to "help businesses address the skills and manpower gaps in the islands evolving workforce."

When the new law comes into operation on April 3, 2017, it will provide for a new framework for the management of the size and make-up of the island's population, replacing the existing Housing Control Law and the Right to Work Law.

Paul Luxon, Chair of the Population Steering Group, said: "Over the next 12 months the Population Management Team will be working on the development of the operational policies and supporting systems needed to implement the new Law and a lot of work is needed to ensure a smooth transition."

"Most people living in Guernsey won't need to do anything when the new Law is introduced next April because their current Right to Work document will continue to be valid. But employers will need to get to grips with the changes. To help them do that we will be running a series of masterclasses and drop-in sessions specifically for employers, and will be emailing them soon to invite them along."

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