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Payroll and Benefits Guide Jamaica

Last updated: May 09, 2023

Currency
Jamaican Dollar (JMD)
Employer Taxes
Unknown
Payroll Frequency
Bi-Monthly / Monthly
Employee Costs
7.25%
Capital
Kingston
Date Format
dd/mm/yyyy
Fiscal Year
1 April - 31 March
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Contribution

Employer Employer Payroll Contributions
3.00%
National Insurance Scheme (NIS) (on maximum remuneration of 5 million JMD per year)
3.00%
National Housing Trust (NHT)
3.50%
Education Tax
3.00%
Human Employment & Resources Training (HEART)
12.50%
Total Employment Cost
Employee Employee Payroll Contributions
3.00%
(on maximum remuneration of 5 million JMD per year) National Insurance Scheme (NIS)
2.00%
National Housing Trust (NHT)
2.25%
Education Tax
7.25% Total Employee Cost
Employee Income Tax
0.00%
Up to 1,500,096 JMD
25.00%
1,500,096 JMD to 6,000,000 JMD (applicable Jamaican residents)
30.00% Above 6,000,000 JMD

Employer taxes

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Lowest

Employee taxes

Highest
Lowest

Minimum Wage

The weekly minimum wage in Jamaica is 13,000 JMD, (based on a 40  hour week).

MINIMUM WAGE (PER MONTH)

Highest
Lowest

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

Salaries are paid on either a monthly or semi-monthly basis.

13th Salary

There is no statutory requirement for a 13th-month salary in Jamacia.

Working Hours

General

Full-time employment is considered 40 hours weekly and is generally eight hours per day.
Seven days a week including Sunday, are now considered working days in Jamaica, with work shifts up to 12 hours in 24 hours.

Overtime

Overtime is defined as work exceeding 40 weekly hours, work on a rest day, or work on a holiday.
All work above 40 weekly hours must be paid at a rate of 150% salary. Work on Sundays and public holidays are paid at a rate of 200%.

 

Leave

Annual Leave (vacation)

Employees are granted two weeks of paid leave per year. Three weeks of paid leave are given to employees with over ten years of continuous service.

Public Holidays

The government decides each year if public holidays falling on a weekend will be moved to a working day in lieu.

Date Day Holiday Note
1 Jan 2024 Monday New Year’s Day
14 Feb 2024 Wednesday Ash Wednesday
29 Mar 2024 Friday Good Friday
1 Apr 2024 Monday Easter Monday
23 May 2024 Thursday Labour Day
1 Aug 2024 Thursday Emancipation Day
6 Aug 2024 Tuesday Independence Day
21 Oct 2024 Monday National Heroes Day
25 Dec 2024 Wednesday Christmas Day
26 Dec 2024 Thursday Boxing Day

Sick Days

Employees are granted two weeks (10 working days) of paid leave per year. Three weeks (15 working days) of paid leave is given to employees with over ten years of continuous service.

Maternity Leave

Pregnant employees are entitled to 12 weeks of maternity leave once one year of service has been completed.
The maternity pay is paid for a period of eight weeks at the regular salary rate.

Paternity Leave

Newborns’ biological fathers are allowed 20 paid workdays for paternity and adoption leave.

This benefit can be used three times in each government entity. It’s available to male employees, 18 or older, with at least a year of continuous service. The leave must be taken within six months of the child’s birth. For subsequent pregnancies, a gap of six months is required between leaves. The leave is also applicable in the unfortunate event of a stillbirth or if the infant passes away within six months of birth.

Adoption Leave

New adoptive parents are granted 20 paid workdays for paternity and adoption leave.

This benefit can be used three times in each government entity. It’s open to employees, 18 or older, with at least a year of continuous service. Adoption leave can be taken all at once or in two parts, as per the employee’s request. The application must be backed by documents from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) or the courts. Adoption leave can be taken once a year, only after a child has been placed with the family.

Vacation Days
Public Holidays
Highest
Lowest

PAID MATERNITY LEAVE (DAYS)

Highest
Lowest

Termination

Termination Process

Employers can terminate a fix term contract by giving the following reasons – business, personal, or worker’s misconduct. It requires notice and a written explanation for the termination. If the reason is misconduct, a warning needs to be given and the employee gets a chance to explain actions.

Notice Period

The minimum amount of working notice or termination pay in lieu of notice required under Section 63 is determined by the length of employment as follows:

  • Up to 5 years of employment entitles workers to 2 weeks’ notice
  • 5-10 years of service entitles workers to four weeks’ notice
  • 10-15 years of service entitles workers to 6 weeks’ notice
  • 15-20 years of service workers to 8 weeks’ notice
  • 20 + years of service workers to 12 weeks’ notice

Severance Pay

Severance pay is only required for cases of redundancy. Severance pay for redundancy is calculated at two weeks’ pay per year for the first ten years of service and after that, increases to three weeks’ pay per year.

Probation Period

There is no statutory requirement for a probationary period in Jamacia. However, collective agreements generally stipulate a 3 to 6-month probation period.

VISA

VISA

Persons seeking to obtain a work permit are required to apply to the Work Permit Department of the Ministry of Labor and Social Security (MLSS) through their prospective employer, contractor, or legal representative.
Employers submitting work permit applications on behalf of prospective employees are required to submit a cover letter to the permanent secretary of the MLSS, outlining:

  • The reasons for the application
  • The duration of the work being undertaken
  • Any efforts to recruit local persons to carry out the work stipulated

Applications for work permits on behalf of self-employed persons must also be submitted with a cover letter outlining:

  • The nature and duration of the work stipulated
  • Certified copies of the credentials of the applicant
  • Two (2) passport photographs
  • The individual’s resume
  • The individual’s police record

A non-refundable processing fee of 14,400 JMD must be submitted with the application. If the MLSS approves the grant, the applicant must pay a work permit fee before the permit can be issued.
The duration of  work permit fees (JMD) are as follows:
Up to 3 months  -      27,000 JMD
3 – 6 months  - 54,000 JMD
6 – 9 months  - 81,000 JMD
9 – 12 months   -1 08,000 JMD
The turnaround time for the approval of a work permit is approximately 4 – 6 weeks.

VAT

General

The standard rate of GCT in Jamaica is 15%.

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Version History

May 3, 2022
The weekly minimum wage in Jamaica is now 9,000 JMD per week and 10,500 JMD per week for security guards (based on a 40-hour working week).
Payroll contributions and personal income tax rates have been updated.
April 1, 2020
National Insurance Scheme (NIS) increased from 2.75% to 3.00%
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Shane
Shane
3 years ago

Do you get paid for unused vacation days if u resign?

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
3 years ago
Reply to  Shane

Hi Shane, thank you for your question. This is correct, upon termination, unused vacation days should be paid out.

Naji
Naji
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

Good Morning, How is this calculated?

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Naji

Hi, this is calculated based on the daily pay rate multiplied by the number of unused vacation days.

Naji
Naji
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

Thank you. Is this overall of within the current year? Like I’ve worked with a company 1 yr and 6 months bit never taken my vacation days..

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Naji

This would depend on your company’s policy on rollover vacation days from the previous year. I would suggest reaching out to your HR team to find out how many days of paid leave you have acrued.

Deneila
Deneila
1 month ago
Reply to  Naji

I was told by my employer that I am insubordinate for absence of work that is unapproved leave and not following instructions. I was on vacation and I asked for my additional days where I was not in the parish to return to work. I did ask for the approval but I was denied. I take the rest of my days as I was not around to return at work which I did state. I am to attend a disciplinary hearing. What can I do in this case. Any advice

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
14 days ago
Reply to  Deneila

We recommend seeking guidance from a local legal/HR advisor as to what your rights are for this specific scenario.

Amir Chambers
Amir Chambers
3 months ago
Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

Should you be paid for sick days as well?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
2 months ago
Reply to  Amir Chambers

Hi, no.

shanquille
shanquille
3 years ago

how long do you have to be working to be granted sick days pay?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
3 years ago
Reply to  shanquille

Hi Shanquille, new employees are eligible for sick leave after 110 days of employment. Hope this helps!

shanquille
shanquille
3 years ago
Reply to  Erez Greenberg

THANK YOU

Nikki
Nikki
3 years ago
Reply to  Erez Greenberg

Which month if the year does sick leave becomes eligible?
The first seven days of the year is eligible for sick leave?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
3 years ago
Reply to  Nikki

Hi Nikki, eligibility depends on the length of employment and not the month. An employee becomes eligible for sick leave after 110 days of employment.

Toni-Ann
Toni-Ann
3 years ago

what should I do if I got terminated and I haven’t got paid up

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
3 years ago
Reply to  Toni-Ann

Hi, There are multiple factors involved, so I suggest visiting the Jamaican Government “Employment (Termination and Redundancy) Act” for guidance specific to your situation. https://moj.gov.jm/sites/default/files/laws/Employment%20%28Termination%2C%20etc.%29%20Act.pdf

Jody-Ann Slue
Jody-Ann Slue
3 years ago

Should security officers get paid for contract breaks they didn’t get when they resign

Alex Margolin
Editor
Alex Margolin
3 years ago
Reply to  Jody-Ann Slue

Thank you for your question. The best way to approach this matter is by contacting a contract lawyer to examine the specific details of the contract. Circumstances may vary on a case-by-case basis.

Tahnee prince
Tahnee prince
3 years ago

If your working for 3 years are u eligible for sick leave?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
3 years ago
Reply to  Tahnee prince

Yes, you become eligible for sick leave after 110 days of employment.

James
James
3 years ago

If I resign my job after being with the company for over 10 years, how will my employer calculate my final pay which should also include my vacation days.

Alex Margolin
Editor
Alex Margolin
3 years ago
Reply to  James

In general, employees earn three weeks of vacation after 10 years of service. If there are unused vacation days earned by the employee, they should be compensated at the regular rate of pay to the employee at the time.

Tweetchi
Tweetchi
3 years ago

When the year restarts given that you have passed the 110days of employment are you given 10sick days at the start of the year?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
3 years ago
Reply to  Tweetchi

If an employee has worked for 110 days, but less than 220 days, they earn 1 day of sick leave for every 22 days worked. Once they have worked for 220 days, they receive their full two weeks of sick leave.

Shantel
Shantel
2 years ago

I wana know I have been working ina whole sale for 1yr 8 months is it possible for me to get a leave

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Shantel

Hi Shantal, thank you for your question. It depends on the number of days you have worked. If you have worked between 110-220 days, you earn 1 day of vacation for every 22 days worked. Once you have worked at least 220 days in a year, you are entitled to the full allotment of vacation leave.

Phillip.
Phillip.
2 years ago

Is an employer allowed to lower your pay without notice? My pay structure got lower and I’m just finding out a month later.

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Phillip.

Hi Phillip, thank you for your question. In general, this usually needs to be mutually agreed upon between you and your employer, however, there are other factors involved as well.

Andrew
Andrew
2 years ago

Hello…If i work seven consecutive days or more should i get double from the seventh day onwards?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
2 years ago
Reply to  Andrew

Jamaica has flexi-work so it depends on your arrangement with your employer. Also, overtime pay is determined by the number of hours worked in a week and not the number of days, so overtime is only paid if you have worked more than 40 hours in a week.

Rupert Daley
Rupert Daley
2 years ago

Just so I understand clearly, After an employee has work for 110 days in the first instance, will he/she be entitled to the full 10 days sick leave right away? or the employee will need to earn on a pro-rated basis there-on in? There is some ambiguity here, please clarify.

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Rupert Daley

Hi Rupert, the law states that after 110 days of employment, a worker is entitled to sick leave with pay for the first 10 days of illness. The law is quite vague in that it doesn’t address how sick leave is accrued other than the aforementioned.

Rupert Daley
Rupert Daley
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

Ok, thanks Emily. You and team are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.

Shanice Smith
Shanice Smith
2 years ago

Hi,
Are hourly paid employees entitled to get paid for public holidays if they do not work?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
2 years ago
Reply to  Shanice Smith

In general, an employer is only required to pay hourly employees for the time they actually worked.

Shanice Smith
Shanice Smith
2 years ago
Reply to  Erez Greenberg

Thanks much! One last question regarding Salaried persons and public holidays, I recall that once you would have been scheduled to work on the day the holidays falls on then you should be paid for the day, in the event an employee had a let’s say a SL filed for that day but doesn’t have any sick days would they still be paid given that it’s a holiday or no? Hope this isn’t confusing, thanks in advance!

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
2 years ago
Reply to  Shanice Smith

If it’s a salaried employee and it’s a non-working public holiday, then it’s irrelevant since they have a set monthly salary. If it’s a working public holiday, then the employee must work — taking sick leave with no sick leave days typically requires a doctor’s note or, it will come out of the employee’s salary. Getting paid for public holidays can also be contract or employer-specific, so it’s best to speak with either HR or a manager.

Maria
Maria
2 years ago

Hi, what´s the % the employer pays for social security?

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Maria

Hi Maria, in Jamaica, social security is referred to as “National Insurance Scheme” and the employer contribution is 3.00%. Please see the above employer payroll taxes for more information.

Rupert Daley
Rupert Daley
2 years ago

Does the YTD on a payslip include current earnings for a pay period?

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Rupert Daley

Hi Rupert, YTD on the payslip includes everything for the entire year to current, so it indeed does show your current total earnings for the entire year. The quickest way to check this is to go back and look at all of your payslips and calculate your totals.

Rupert Daley
Rupert Daley
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

Thanks Emily

nev
nev
2 years ago

am i eligible for paid maternity after 3yrs of fulltime work then agreed partime for less than a year?

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  nev

Hi Nev, you should be entitled to maternity leave if you’ve been continuously employed with the same employer, even if you’ve started working part time.

Tasha
Tasha
2 years ago

I have been employed for over a year, how many days off am I entitled for?

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Tasha

Hi Tasha, thank you for your question. If you’ve been employed full-time, you are entitled to 2 weeks of paid leave. You can find out more information under the “Leave” section.

Marsha
Marsha
2 years ago

Thanks for this. A few questions:
1. What determines whether someone is an hourly employee or weekly one? For example are you an hourly employee not due holiday pay if you work 40 hrs/ week, or are you a weekly employee due holiday pay?
2. What are the laws around payment for live- In workers who take care of the sick and of children?

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Marsha

Hi Marsha, to answer your first question, whether you are deemed hourly or weekly employee would be something that is determined in your employment contract. Regarding your second question, this is out of the scope of what we can offer information for.

Melia
Melia
2 years ago

Hi, I have worked 3 years and i decided to resign in march…..would i be entitled to vacation pay or sick leave?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
2 years ago
Reply to  Melia

Hi, it depends on your written contract regarding time off, but you should be entitled to vacation pay but not necessarily sick leave pay.

Shantel
Shantel
2 years ago

Hi good day. I have worked at a contact center for the last 2 years and 6 mths. I gave adequate notice before resigning recently, more than two weeks. Just wanted to Know if I’m only to be paid for vacation days I had that were not used. Seeing that I resigned early this year I just wanted an idea of what I’m to be paid.

Alex Margolin
Editor
Alex Margolin
2 years ago
Reply to  Shantel

Hi. Upon termination of employment, unused vacation days should be compensated. Your contract should stipulate how many days can be carried over from year to year.

Kay
Kay
2 years ago

Do I have to be working a certain amount of days to get holiday with pay? Can you explain who is a casual/temporary worker?

Alex Margolin
Editor
Alex Margolin
2 years ago
Reply to  Kay

In order to qualify for paid time off, you have to work at least 110 days. If you work between 110 days and 220 days, you receive one vacation day for every 22 days worked. After you work for 220 days, you receive your full allotment of 2 weeks of paid time off.

A casual worker is one who is not formally employed as a permanent employee by the company but rather hired short-term for a specific task and usually paid by the hour rather than monthly.

Kay
Kay
2 years ago
Reply to  Alex Margolin

What if I was on a 6month work programme but was asked to continue working. Would the 110/220 days be in the 6months? Or does it start after the 6months?

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Kay

Hi Kay, stepping in for Alex. This would start from the first day of initial employment, not from after the 6 months.

akeem
akeem
2 years ago

if am fired how much should my company pay me for working 5 years

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  akeem

Hey Akeem, unless stated otherwise in your contract, you are not entitled to severance pay. The only thing that you are paid out for is your unused vacation days.

Naketa
Naketa
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

What if the employee walked off the job without notice to the employer leaving the business unma6. Does the employee still get vacation leave.

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Naketa

They are still entitled to their leave.

Mistress
Mistress
2 years ago

Hi,
i started at a new job August 16, and i got paid at the end of August for two weeks.
then in september i got my september salary. then in october my salary was over the amount that i signed up for so i called payroll and they are saying that they’ll recover it but when i look at my payslip i do not understand it. it has total earnings which consist of my gross pay with regular pay then the deductions. i honestly just do not understand

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  Mistress

Hi Mistress, thank you for your question. This is not something that we are able to advise you on as we don’t have all of the necessary information to do so. I recommend that you reach out to your HR team or the person that runs your payroll to understand your payslip.

jaydee
jaydee
2 years ago

Hi
I started working on November 4 and today which is only 2 days of work.
My boss did not explain to me in the interview about probation nor the salary of the job until today saying I’m on 3 months probation until they can decide whether or not to put me on the payroll.
Now I understand that part but I want to know if I’m supposed to get paid during those 3 months of probation until the 3 months are up and they decide to pay me the full amount like experienced employees?

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  jaydee

Hi Jaydee, thank you for your question. During your probation period, you should be paid a monthly salary, it is not unpaid.

jaydee
jaydee
2 years ago
Reply to  Emily Kuhnert

So that means i should be paid at the end of each month or fortnight like the rest of employees?

Emily Kuhnert
Emily Kuhnert
2 years ago
Reply to  jaydee

Correct

garfield
garfield
1 year ago

do you get any benefits if resign after 5 years of your service to a company?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
1 year ago
Reply to  garfield

Severance pay is only required for cases of redundancy. Severance pay for redundancy is calculated at two weeks’ pay per year for the first ten years of service and, after that, increasing to three weeks´ pay per year.

Chris-Ann
Chris-Ann
1 year ago

If I’m only 6 months in my permanent position, am I entitled to maternity leave if I get pregnant at that 6 months stamp?

Erez Greenberg
Erez Greenberg
1 year ago
Reply to  Chris-Ann

Hi, Maternity leave is granted after being continuously employed for one year.

J.P.
J.P.
11 months ago

Is 2 weeks vacation in Jamaica 14 days ( sat-sun ) or 10 days (mon-fri) ?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
11 months ago
Reply to  J.P.

It refers to 2 ‘working’ weeks (in Jamaica a working week can be any of the 7 days, it depends on the agreed contractual schedule).

Shush
Shush
10 months ago

I have been with a company for 12 years. I resigned and got my vaca pay however I saw that its less than what it should be when I checked they took all the taxes out of it. Can they do that?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
10 months ago
Reply to  Shush

Hello, holiday pay is taxable in Jamaica.

Michael
Michael
9 months ago

Is there such a thing as grace period of 15 minutes to not be late for work in Jamaica

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
9 months ago
Reply to  Michael

Hello, I am not aware of any law on grace period, this is usually up to the employer to decide the policy.

Ruth
Ruth
9 months ago

I have a Kindergarten School and staff are usually paid for the 3 months school is out on holidays. With the increase in minimun wage come June 01, I am in a quandry.

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
9 months ago
Reply to  Ruth

Hello, could you please clarify what your question is?

Shari
Shari
9 months ago

What does a contract worker entitled to after resignation

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
9 months ago
Reply to  Shari

In Jamaica, there is no legal requirement for employers to provide severance pay upon voluntary resignation. However, some employment contracts or collective agreements may include provisions for severance pay upon resignation.

Monque
Monque
9 months ago

What is a domestic worker entitled to who has worked with the family for 12yrs but due to death of the Head of household the services are no longer required as there is no one left that needs the services? I am very confused

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
9 months ago
Reply to  Monque

When an employer in Jamaica passes away, their estate, including the business, goes through the estate administration process. An executor or administrator is usually appointed to manage the deceased employer’s affairs, including employment matters. The business’s continuity depends on the specific circumstances. It may continue to operate under the administration of the estate, or it could be wound up. Decisions regarding business continuity, such as selling or closing the business, are typically made by the estate administrator or executor, we would recommend seeking legal local advice.

Shanice
Shanice
9 months ago

What should I do if my employer didn’t pay me

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
9 months ago
Reply to  Shanice

Hello, please provide more context. In most cases we recommend you seek local legal advice.

Nicole Lindsay
Nicole Lindsay
8 months ago

Good afternoon. If someone is engaged for 40 hours per week for approximately 5 months are they expected to pay statutory deductions?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
8 months ago
Reply to  Nicole Lindsay

Hello, all workers are required to pay statutory contributions.

Carlene
Carlene
7 months ago
Reply to  Enny Shmurin

Hi..I’m working as a helper/ nanny for eight months my boss said to me on the Monday of the work week that my service is no longer needed because of whatever reason but She will pay me for my two weeks notice pay..should I still work for that two weeks or should or is it that if I work I should still be getting paid for that two weeks along with my notice pay vacation pay and sick leave ? Thank you

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
7 months ago
Reply to  Carlene

Hello, I recommend you ask your boss to confirm if they are expecting you to work during this notice period or not.

Tashane
Tashane
8 months ago

If am employed for 4 years and 3 months and am being terminated, am I suppose yo expect any pay up for years of service? Or just unused vacation and 2 weeks notice pay?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
8 months ago
Reply to  Tashane

Termination payout depends on the reason; typically, severance is only required in a redundancy scenario. Regular termination does not require any additional payment except for notice and owed salary/vacation/bonus etc.

Shaleon
Shaleon
7 months ago

My boss will be traveling overseas for two week and said I won’t be working for those two weeks am I entitled to be pay for those two weeks

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
7 months ago
Reply to  Shaleon

I strongly suggest you check with your employer if they are expecting you to use annual leave for this period, or if this is seen as an additional leave – paid or unpaid.

Saskie
Saskie
6 months ago

Can your employer tell you that overtime is mandatory and give you a schedule for working 9 hours per day (not including the lunch hour) for 5 days?

Last edited 6 months ago by Saskie
Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
14 days ago
Reply to  Saskie

Hello, unfortunately, we cannot advise on this matter. We recommend seeking local legal advice.

Damario Smith
Damario Smith
6 months ago

Can a employer withhold your wage if they fire you before completing training

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
6 months ago
Reply to  Damario Smith

According to the Jamaican Termination and Redundancy Payments Act, an employer cannot withhold the final pay of an employee unless the employee is guilty of misconduct, dishonesty, or other justifiable cause. However, as this is a specific case, I would recommend seeking local legal advise.

Andrea
Andrea
5 months ago

Is an employee entitled to serverance pay after 53 years of service.

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
5 months ago
Reply to  Andrea

Severance is only required in cases of redundancy, the amount paid will vary depending on the length of service. Termination for other reasons does not entitle the worker to severance pay.

Lasantia Hutchinson
Lasantia Hutchinson
5 months ago

Am I not entitle to get 2 weeks off after working at a company for 1 year?
And is it a case where I cant get it in the month that I started working?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
5 months ago

An employee in Jamaica who has worked for more than 220 days is entitled to 2 weeks of vacation leave.

Agnes White
Agnes White
5 months ago

Hello,
I resigned during my probation period (after 4 months, my probation was 6 months) . I did not take any vacation days. Am I entitled to get unused vacation days paid off?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
7 days ago
Reply to  Agnes White

Hi, employees start accumulating vacation leave after 110 days of employment.

Jodi
Jodi
5 months ago

If an employee reports out for a personal emergency, do they have to tell the employer what that emergency is?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
7 days ago
Reply to  Jodi

Unfortunately, Papaya Global can’t accurately advise on this matter.

Daphne Burke
Daphne Burke
5 months ago

My mom has a live in carer in Jamaica who is unqualified and enjoys the benefits of living accommodation, use of utilities ie electric, water, food, cable and internet. My mom is 88 but quite fit and looks after her personal care and helps out around the house, but as she lives on her own and is getting very forgetful she is vulnerable and needs someone around to do her weekly shopping and help out in situations when she cannot manage. The carer gets paid JA$10500.00 per week which is above the average paid to carers as shown online. She is now demanding $13,000 per week as she said new laws require that employer need to pay this amount as the minimum wage. My mom is a pensioner. I read online that if there are benefits this has to be taken into consideration also. Can you please advise.

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
4 months ago
Reply to  Daphne Burke

The weekly minimum wage in Jamaica is 13,000 JMD, (based on a 40 hour week). However we can’t provide any kind of advise on this query and recommend liaising with a local lawyer to advise on the specific set up.

Jonoy Johnson
Jonoy Johnson
5 months ago

Question, if a company decides to start deduct money from your salary for being late but doesn’t inform the workers nor provide a transcript with such information and percentage rate of which deduction will be at, is that ok by law? Meaning do they hold the right not to inform us?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
4 months ago
Reply to  Jonoy Johnson

Deducting money from an employee’s salary for being late in Jamaica can be legally permissible if it is clearly outlined in the employment contract and complies with Jamaican labor laws. We recommend liaising with a local lawyer to advise on the specific set up.

Teeks
Teeks
5 months ago

Hi. I’m pregnant and my signed on hours increased from 8 hrs a day to me working a max of 11 hrs with lunch hr included. I’ve asked for the company to reduce the hours as I’m not able to maintain it in my current condition. If they fire me, can I sue for unlawful termination?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
4 months ago
Reply to  Teeks

Hi, are you asking if your company can fire you for moving to reduced hours working? We recommend checking this with a local legal advisor, though presumably if the company has agreed to reduced hours then they are aligned with this set up.

Sashsheena
Sashsheena
4 months ago

If u work for a business for one and a half year what should be your compensation after resigning

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
4 months ago
Reply to  Sashsheena

Workers are entitled to any remaining salary, earned bonuses and commissions, and unused accrued holidays.

Shernz
Shernz
4 months ago

If an employee has major surgery and is required to stay home for 6 weeks, how is this to be treated? considering only 2 weeks is alloted for sick leave in a year

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
4 months ago
Reply to  Shernz

The remaining period of leave is unpaid, or can be used with vacation days, unless the company has chosen to create an enhanced policy of paying for longer sick leave.

Kash
Kash
4 months ago

Hey I would like to know if I resign after 4 months of service am I entitled to a back payment of two weeks

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
2 months ago
Reply to  Kash

Hi, Jamaica Severance pay is only required in case of termination.

Kim
Kim
4 months ago

Hello, if I work 8 consecutive days across a two weeks period, is that legal in Jamaica based on the labor law? For eg. My days off are Tuesday and Wednesday of the first week and next week my days off are Friday and Saturday

I only worked 40 hours for both weeks but the consecutive days are the issue. This is a private company.

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
4 months ago
Reply to  Kim

Full-time employment in Jamaica typically involves working 40 hours per week, which translates to eight hours per day. In Jamaica, all seven days of the week, including Sunday, are now considered working days, and work shifts can extend up to 12 hours in a 24-hour period. The suitability of this arrangement may depend on the worker’s status, whether they are hourly employees or belong to a specific industry. We advise seeking legal advice from local experts and review the contract.

Shevel
Shevel
4 months ago

I worked with a company for a little over 3 years in Jamaica. They announced downsizing a few months ago but then last month they told us that the downsizing has stabilized and we are good. But then September 26th they told us that they decided to cut ties with the client that we service, so we will no longer work for that LOB as of the 30th of September. This was only 4 days notice. They reassured us that we will all be placed in different LOBs, and it is not a layoff. It is almost a month now and we have not heard back anything from them with regards to placement. So this would be going on a month without pay. Is this legal?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
3 months ago
Reply to  Shevel

Hello, it’s important to note that salary delays especially due to downsizing, should be handled in accordance with the employment contract, and any collective labor agreement that might be in place.
This is not something we can advise on; we recommend reaching out to HR or whoever your manager reports to. If these channels are not an option, we advise reaching out to a local lawyer to understand your rights OR you can try to reach out to the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Jamaica.

Stephanie
Stephanie
4 months ago

Is there a limit as to how many salary advances an employee can take for the year?

Enny Shmurin
Admin
Enny Shmurin
3 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

I believe it is permitted to take a salary advance up to 3 times per year, though rules could vary depending on industry etc.

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