New Disability Act

Possibly one of the most significant pieces of legislation to be introduced by the GSLP/Liberal government, the new Disability Act is likely to bring about important changes for employers. 

The government presented a bill to parliament before Christmas for the introduction of the Disability Act. The intention is for the Act to be passed into local legislation in February/March this year.

The Chamber has had an initial meeting with Samantha Sacramento the Minister for Equality to discuss the introduction of the new Act.

During the meeting, the Chamber asked the Minister to publish a road map for the introduction of the Act along with a timetable which specifies which parts of the Act will be enforced. The Chamber also requested guidance notes from the government so that employers as well as other organisations are made fully aware of their obligations under the new Act.

The Minister is planning to hold a series of information seminars and training sessions on the Act and the implications it has for business as well as other organisations. Initially not all parts of the Act will be enforced, but will be brought in over an extended period. Minister Sacramento is keen to stress that her department wants all private sector entities to embrace not just the letter but the spirit of the Act and her officials will be on hand to help any company deal with the changes which the Act will require.

The Bill itself is not long, running to around 34 pages and can be read here:

www.gibraltarlaws.gov.gi/bills/ bills2016/2016B24.pdf

When the guidance notes and timetable become available the Chamber has offered to distribute them to our members.

The Chamber will keep members informed when dates for the information seminars have been announced.

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