Isle of Man work permit changes get green light

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Plans to change the Isle of Man's work permit laws have been given the go ahead by the Manx parliament.

Tynwald has approved the Control of Employment Bill, an update of previous legislation dating back to 1975.

The government claimed the changes will cater for the needs of "an increasingly diverse Manx economy".

Economic Development Minister, John Shimmin said: "E-gaming now employs hundreds of local workers but it also requires significant work permits."

English speakers

The new legislation makes it more difficult for anyone with a criminal record to work on the Isle of Man.

The ability to speak English would also be considered as part of the permit application process.

Fines for breaking work permit laws are also set to increase from £2,500 to £5,000 and for "aggravated offences" from £5,000 to £7,500.

Under the new laws a Manx worker can have their permit revoked if they fail to pay tax or get "a significant number" of customer complaints.

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