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Rivers steers through imperfect pension bill

Rivers steers through imperfect pension bill

| 05/05/2016 | 0 Comments

(CNS): The employment minister managed to steer through what she admitted was a less than perfect amendment bill that makes more than fifty changes to the original legislation, including an increase in the retirement age from 60 to 65. Tara Rivers lauded the extensive consultation process her ministry held over the amendment bill and said […]

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CIG tries again to make ethics bill work

CIG tries again to make ethics bill work

| 04/05/2016 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Amendments were made Monday to the much-anticipated Standards in Public Life Bill, which was passed almost two years ago but never implemented because of opposition from people serving on government boards over the requirements of the law. The revised legislation passed through the Legislative Assembly with unanimous support on its second reading but there […]

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CICSA not accepting co-pay on health

CICSA not accepting co-pay on health

| 03/05/2016 | 64 Comments

(CNS): Claims by Finance Minister Marco Archer that a decision has been made to have public servants pay part of their healthcare insurance by 2018 were refuted Tuesday by the Cayman Islands Civil Service Association. CICSA President James Watler said that his members had not been consulted or informed about any decision regarding co-pay and the […]

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Law reformers seek input on bullying and consumer rights

Law reformers seek input on bullying and consumer rights

| 02/05/2016 | 15 Comments

(CNS): The public is being urged to submit their thoughts, comments and relevant research on two new areas of proposed legislation. The Law Reform Commission is asking for input on how government can tackle the problem of bulling, especially in the school environment and online, as well as contributions to a proposed consumer protection law. […]

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DG still striving to localise civil service

DG still striving to localise civil service

| 02/05/2016 | 51 Comments

(CNS): Cayman Islands Deputy Governor Franz Manderson has said that he is doing everything he can to recruit more Caymanians into the civil service. More than 74% of the people employed by government are local but he wants to see that increase, he told the Legislative Assembly Friday. Admitting that in some areas government had […]

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Law changed to allow medical suits

Law changed to allow medical suits

| 29/04/2016 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Government steered through a critical amendment to the Health Services Authority Law Friday in order to address a clause that has been in the legislation for twelve years and resulted in a shocking court judgment in February preventing a family from claiming damages due to negligence in connection with the birth of their now […]

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Mac vows to fund Meals on Wheels

Mac vows to fund Meals on Wheels

| 29/04/2016 | 56 Comments

(CNS): Leader of the Opposition McKeeva Bush told government that “talk is cheap” after several ministers and backbenchers got up to praise the Meals on Wheel programme during a debate in the Legislative Assembly Thursday. Debating a private member’s motion brought by Bush asking government to plug the funding gap for the charity, which is estimated […]

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DG says office ready for early election

DG says office ready for early election

| 27/04/2016 | 16 Comments

(CNS): The Elections Office will be ready for a general election under the new system of ‘one man, one vote’ in single member constituencies no matter when an election is called, deputy governor has said. Franz Manderson told the Legislative Assembly Wednesday that the legal drafters have finished the work on the changes to the […]

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Governor agrees to JPs supporting MCA expert

Governor agrees to JPs supporting MCA expert

| 26/04/2016 | 34 Comments

(CNS): Following the debate in the Legislative Assembly Monday at the special meeting called to deal with two private members’ motions dealing with police issues, the governor has taken on board the call from members for two local JPs to support Andrew Jenkins, the expert from the UK’s Maritime & Coastguard Agency. However, Helen Kilpatrick […]

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Concerns over constitutional limitations emerge in debate

Concerns over constitutional limitations emerge in debate

| 26/04/2016 | 17 Comments

(CNS): MLAs largely avoided mentioning the word ‘independence’ during the debate in the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly on Monday in the first of two opposition motions regarding the police, but the perceived shortcomings in the constitution when it came to the lack of control and limited influence the elected arm and local officials have over […]

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Ministry shows ‘blatant disregard’ for FOI

Ministry shows ‘blatant disregard’ for FOI

| 26/04/2016 | 16 Comments

(CNS): The Ministry of Education, Employment and Gender Affairs has been heavily criticised by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and reported to the deputy governor regarding a freedom of information request for records relating to national pensions that took more than a year. Acting Commissioner Jan Liebaers said the ministry’s response to the applicant was reluctant […]

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