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Cayman Islands Government

Charitable Organisations Must Register Under Labour Law

We expect that the accessibility of these forms will help to streamline and expedite the process of registration and issuance of certificates.

—Mario Ebanks, Director, Department of Labour and Pensions

The Department of Labour and Pensions (DLP) remind the public that charitable organisations with paid employees must first register with the Department to be recognized as a charitable organisation under the Labour Law, and that applications for registration are being accepted now.

Pursuant to the definition of a ‘charitable organisation’ in the Labour Law (2011 Revision), a certificate of registration, signed by the Director of Labour and Pensions is required before an organisation can be considered charitable, and hence exempt from the law’s requirements in accordance with Section 3 of the Law.

This certificate is issued for a twenty-four month period from the date of registration to organisations that meet the criteria for charitable status.

Charitable organisations include non-profit organisations, service clubs, foundations, and other Section 80 of the Companies Law entities, such as schools which may be related to a church but separately registered. Churches are already exempt from the requirements of the current Labour Law in Section 3 (c).

Emphasising the ease of the registration process, Mr. Mario Ebanks, Director of the DLP added: “We expect that the accessibility of these forms will help to streamline and expedite the process of registration and issuance of certificates.”

The Department prompts charitable organisations to ensure that their registration is always current, and will appeal to, and monitor the activities of charitable organisations to truly live by the “golden rule” even if they are exempt from the requirements of the Labour Law. The Labour Law establishes minimum standards, however all employers are free to offer terms and conditions over and above the Law.

Application forms are available from the DLP office on the 2nd Floor, Mid Town Plaza, Elgin Avenue, George Town, or can be e-mailed to any organisation which is seeking to apply for registration. The forms are also posted on the department’s website, www.npo.gov.ky in the forms section, from which they can be printed and completed. Applications and supporting documents may be delivered to the DLP office Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

For more information regarding the application process, please visit or contact the Department of Labour and Pensions, tel. 345-945-8960.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Janice MacLean