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Jamaica: maternity leave to increase for public sector workers

July 13th, 2022

In Jamaica, maternity leave for public sector workers will increase from 40 days to three calendar months.

Speaking during a news conference Finance and Public Service Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke said government is also moving to provide leave for adoptive parents who are bringing a new child into the home.

“We are working to modernise Jamaica public service and modernisation is multifaceted. It includes pursing efficiency and certification. It embraces fairness and equity in compensation. It involves the application of technology to boost access to enhance productivity,” Clarke told reporters, adding “it also embraces changes in terms and conditions that better reflect our values”.

Clarke said the appropriate circular will be sent out to members of the public service by September 30th and the cost of the new leave entitlements will be made public at a later date.

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