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Audit exposed Immigration appeals shamble

Audit exposed Immigration appeals shamble

| 02/07/2015 | 18 Comments

(CNS): An internal audit at the government secretariat which deals with immigration appeals found a catalogue of problems undermining the system and causing massive delays. Poor record keeping, inadequate security, breaches of the immigration law, weak management systems and staff shortages were all identified as contributing to the chaos. But government said it had significantly […]

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Enforcement key to success of new bills

Enforcement key to success of new bills

| 01/07/2015 | 8 Comments

(CNS): The struggle government has enforcing workplace legislation has been one of the considerations in the development of the new and amended labour and pension bills, which are now going through public consultation. The bills are expected to come before parliament later this year, but once the drafts have been finalized and passed, it will […]

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CS pay must be competitive, says DG

CS pay must be competitive, says DG

| 01/07/2015 | 28 Comments

(CNS): With no profit share or bonuses to offer and no guarantees that pay will stay in line with inflation, the deputy governor has warned that, despite the generous benefits, the public sector will struggle to attract quality staff if wages are not competitive. Franz Manderson told CNS that salaries play a key part in […]

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Most civil servants can sign PIR petition

Most civil servants can sign PIR petition

| 01/07/2015 | 6 Comments

(CNS): The deputy governor has confirmed that most civil servants can sign petitions relating to people initiated referendums and has recirculated the public sector policy on petitions. With the launch of a new petition Monday seeking a people’s national poll on the issue of the cruise port, civil servants have questioned whether they can safely […]

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New election landscape has 19 seats

New election landscape has 19 seats

| 30/06/2015 | 33 Comments

(CNS): Draft maps drawn up by the Electoral Boundary Commission to introduce single member constituencies and one man, one vote in time for the 2017 general election have nineteen seats. The proposed changes to the Cayman Islands political landscape have been published on the Elections Office website and are understood to be displayed in district […]

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New pension bill aims for ‘culture of compliance’

New pension bill aims for ‘culture of compliance’

| 30/06/2015 | 32 Comments

(CNS): With hundreds of local employers failing to comply with their pension obligations, the employment minister hopes a newly drafted proposed pension bill will foster a greater culture of compliance and improve the prospects of retirement for Cayman’s pensioners. Among the numerous changes, including raising the retirement age to 65 and increasing the amount of […]

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Imports, permits and offshore to fund CIG

Imports, permits and offshore to fund CIG

| 29/06/2015 | 24 Comments

(CNS): When the new financial year starts on Wednesday 1 July, government will begin collecting over CI$628 million in coercive revenue – a record breaking amount and an estimated $5 million more than last year. The Cayman Islands Government depends very heavily on import duty, work permits and offshore sector fees for its revenues. Those […]

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Ex-Chamber boss queries wisdom of port project

Ex-Chamber boss queries wisdom of port project

| 27/06/2015 | 21 Comments

(CNS Business): The former president of the Chamber of Commerce has warned that the costly port project should not go ahead based on “unproven back of envelope ‘guesstimates’ about the economic benefits of cruise tourism and private discussions with a select few who are possibly conflicted and have a pecuniary interest to protect in the […]

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Local applicants can’t be overqualified

Local applicants can’t be overqualified

| 26/06/2015 | 54 Comments

(CNS): Proposed new labour legislation has a number of very specific clauses that the employment minister has said will assist and protect local workers. One provision that Tara Rivers believes will be of particular help to unemployed Caymanians is the prohibition on employers rejecting locals on the grounds that they are overqualified.

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