Taking Workers’ Rights into the 21st Century

Shared parental leave, improved rights for people on zero hours contracts and strengthened support for whistleblowers form the basis for a series of consultations launched by the DfE.

The consultations are available on the gov’s website.

The family rights consultation includes proposals to introduce shared parental leave, parental bereavement leave and the extension of rights to time off for ante natal care.

The whistleblowing consultation includes short-term proposals to strengthen the regime for whistleblowers. It also seeks views on wider, more far-reaching changes to the framework for whistleblowing in the island, in line with the recommendations of the Tynwald Select Committee on Whistleblowing.

The consultation on zero hours contracts includes proposals for a right for workers not in regular employment to request a stable contract after 6 months and to remove an employer’s powers to oblige workers who are not in regular employment to work any non-guaranteed hours.

Minister Tim Crookall said: ‘We welcome feedback from this consultation exercise and are open to hearing the views of the Isle of Man business community and general public on these important issues. Each of these areas broadly seeks views on Isle of Man having updated legislation which is similar to the UK, and therefore easier for employers and employees to navigate, whilst ensuring the Island remains an attractive place for both employers and new employees.

‘The department has a clear commitment in the Island Plan to reform employment legislation and in bringing forward these consultations on these important proposals, we are hopeful that we can deliver meaningful improvements in our employment legislation ahead of schedule.’