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Minimum wage report to be tabled in House today

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A report on the introduction of a minimum wage for Bermuda will be tabled today in the House of Assembly.

David Burt, the Premier, will discuss the launch of the electronic Covid-19 Safe Key scheme.

Mr Burt will detail the pilot programme to allow people who have just tested clear for the coronavirus or who are fully vaccinated to eat indoors at restaurants and take part in large events.

MPs will also debate legislation designed to allow Curtis Dickinson, the finance minister, to move a temporary suspension of payments by Government workers into their pension fund, introduced last year to compensate for temporary pay cuts during the pandemic.

Mr Dickinson would be able to retroactively shift the 12-month payments suspension for some workers under the legislation.

Legislators will also debate similar legislation, the Public Service Temporary Amendment Act, which would allow Mr Dickinson to move the suspension of contributions to the superannuation fund for Government workers.

The amendments would to be backdated to June 27 last year for the superannuation fund legislation and June 29 last year for pensions.

MPs will also discuss updates to the island’s fire code, with the Chief Fire Officer to be designated an “authority having jurisdiction” over the code’s modification and enforcement.

Diallo Rabain, the education minister, will make a statement to the House on the implementation of a coronavirus saliva test regime in schools.

Walter Roban, the home affairs minister, will speak on a decision last weekend by the Regulatory Authority with Belco to offer a six-month cut in energy rates from July 1.

The House will get an update on prosecutions for Covid-19 regulation breaches from Kathy Lynn Simmons, the Attorney-General.

Renée Ming, the national security minister, is to speak on the hurricane season, which will start next month.

Ms Ming will also table the latest Treatment of Offenders report as well as the Parole Board report.

Mr Roban is to table the Bermuda Plan 2018 – a planning document for Bermuda’s land use and over the next few years.

A string of parliamentary questions is planned from the Opposition.

Jarion Richardson will ask Wayne Furbert, the Cabinet Office minister, about progress on a fish processing plant planned for Marginal Wharf in St George’s.

Susan Jackson, an Opposition backbencher, will question Mr Rabain on the delivery of a delayed shipment of 1,600 Chromebook laptops intended for public schools.

Mr Rabain said in April that it was hoped the laptops, ordered from the Hasso Plattner Foundation last August, would reach the island in two weeks’ time.

Ms Jackson has submitted questions on whether teachers using their personal resources for online classes will be reimbursed – and on technical training for teachers to assist with remote learning.

Ms Jackson will also ask Lieutenant-Colonel David Burch, the public works minister, to give a progress report on the Bermudiana Beach Resort redevelopment in Warwick, including the resort agreement with the Hilton Hotel franchise, and sales of its condo units.

Craig Cannonier, the shadow public works minister, submitted questions to Colonel Burch on government land the West End, including the lease to Westover Farm and plans for the Nine Beaches Resort at Daniel’s Head in Sandys.

Cole Simons, the Opposition leader, will ask Colonel Burch on steps taken to tackle an accident black spot at the junction of Zuill’s Park Road and South Road in Smith’s.

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Published May 21, 2021 at 8:16 am (Updated May 21, 2021 at 8:16 am)

Minimum wage report to be tabled in House today

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