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The Jamaica Employers’ Federation was formed in 1958 and registered as a trade union (of employers) under the Trade Union Act of 1919.
The major policy-making body is the Council which elects an Executive Committee. There is a President, a 1st and a 2nd Vice-President. The Secretariat, headed by the Chief Executive Officer, is responsible for ensuring that the objectives of the Organization, the policy and directions of the Council and Executive Committee are achieved.
The President has appointed a number of sub-committees to assist him in achieving the objectives of the Federation. These sub-committees work with the Secretariat in an advisory and functional capacity.
The President and the two Vice-Presidents do not have an executive role and are elected each year. They set policy and issue guidance and directives to the Secretariat. The Federation participates in several national tripartite bodies – e.g. Labour Advisory Committee, Apprenticeship Committee, National Minimum Wage Advisory Commission, National Insurance Board, Productivity Council, National Planning Council, the Planning Institute of Jamaica, Labour Market Information System and several other bodies. It is on the Executive of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica and on the Executive of the Workplace Development Consortium.
Services to its members cover such areas as advice on industrial relations, application and interpretation of labour laws and standards, workplace and human resources development through training seminars, and programmes geared to increasing productivity, information and research in the employment field, such as the annual production of a Salary, Wage and Benefits Survey for executive, managerial, supervisory, clerical and hourly rated employees. The JEF lobbies extensively in such areas as labour legislation.
JEF is a member of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica, where it sits on the Executive.
The membership within the federation stands at over 200, including individual companies, corporations (many of which have in excess of 20 subsidiaries) and associations. Membership covers all sectors of economic activity, including: services, manufacturing, agriculture, telecommunications, construction, mining and transportation, as well as public corporations. It does not cover Government departments.
JEF is a member of the International Labour Organization (ILO), the International Organization of Employers (IOE) and of the Caribbean Employers' Confederation (CEC).
The JEF produces a series of publication that informs the membership of all pertinent information relating to the JEF operations, member representation, initiatives, best practices and many more subject areas. The following is a list of JEF publications:
Employers’ Handbook: Your Business Reference
Annual Wages, Salary & Benefits Survey
How to be an Employer of Choice
State of the Industry Report: Training and Development
State of the Industry Report: Contract Labour
State of the Industry Report: Flexible Work Arrangement
A Decade of Arbitration
Factors Affecting Employee Loyalty: “A Situational Analysis”
The Performance Manager: “Your Guide to Effective Performance Appraisal Systems”
Ready for Work & Business Handbook
Summary of Labour Laws
Newsletters: (Employers’ Weekly, Trend Watch, Bottom-line, The Employers’ Business)