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As you will be aware, two years ago the States of Jersey passed the Discrimination (Jersey) Law 2013. This law covers a number of protected characteristics - race; sex; age and disability. These are being introduced in a phased approach. It is planned that the characteristic "Disability" will be introduced in 2018. The introduction of this legislation will bring with it a number of considerations and challenges for the hospitality industry. The law is expected to protect patrons with a disability against discrimination, including those who are accompanied by an assistance dog.

On 1 December 2015 the States approved the Minimum Wage Regulations which will increase the amounts that an employer may deduct from minimum wage pay for staff accommodation and meals. The Minister has also made an Order that will increase the minimum wage by 19 pence to £6.97 from 1 April 2016. All of the new rates can be found on the Gov.je website.

On 19 January 2016, the States will debate a separate Proposition from Deputy Mezec which asks the States to agree that the minimum wage should instead increase to £7.20 from 1 April 2016.

We will revise the minimum wage guide when we have certainty about the rate that will apply from 1 April 2016.

Members should refer to the Members Menu on www.jerseyhospitality.com under Consultations and Reports to refer to our Response to the 2015 Minimum Wage Review Consultation.