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Employment law changes: annual leave and rest breaks

Following consultation, the Minister for Social Security has accepted the recommendations of the Employment Forum to increase the minimum entitlement to annual leave and to introduce a new statutory entitlement to rest breaks in the working day.  The proposed changes, which are due to be debated by the States’ Assembly in November 2021, will update the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003 (the “Law”) in the following ways, potentially with effect from 1 January 2022:

  • They will increase the statutory minimum annual leave entitlement from 2 weeks to 3 weeks, in addition to statutory bank holidays (Article 10); and
  • They will introduce the right to a break in the working day of at least 15 minutes in any working period that lasts for at least 6 hours (Article 11).

Please note that these are the minimum statutory rights – many employees already have greater contractual rights and where that is the case the changes to the Law won’t change existing rights.

Read more:
Annual leave and rest breaks – letter Chair to SSM requesting variation in ToRs 021120


If you have any questions about how these changes may affect you or your business please do not hesitate to contact us.

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