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  1. Belize - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Caribbean Regional Strategic Framework on HIV and AIDS (CRSF) 2019 – 2025. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2019-10 | INT-2019-M-110909

  2. Belize - - Law, Act

    Retired Persons (Incentives) (Amendment) Act, 2019 (No. 3 of 2019). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2019-03-30 | BLZ-2019-L-108330

  3. Belize - - Law, Act

    Immigration (Amendment) Act, 2018 (No. 10 of 2018). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2018-04-13 | BLZ-2018-L-108329

  4. Belize - - Law, Act

    Belize National AIDS Commission (Amendment) Act, 2017 (No. 52 of 2017). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-12-30 | BLZ-2017-L-108327

  5. Belize - - Law, Act

    Immigration (Amendment) Act, 2017 (No. 46 of 2017). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-11-04 | BLZ-2017-L-108326

  6. Belize - - Law, Act

    Criminal Code (Amendment) Act, 2017 (No. 22 of 2017). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-03-29 | BLZ-2017-L-104849

    AN ACT to amend the Criminal Code, Chapter 101 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011, to make provision for, among other things, the specification of a minimum term of years, which an offender sentenced to life imprisonment for murder shall serve before the offender can become eligible to be released on parole, incorporating the option of summary trial for the offences of arson and escape; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

  7. Belize - - Law, Act

    Private Pensions (Amendment) Act, 2017 (No. 19 of 2017). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2017-02-25 | BLZ-2017-L-104847

    AN ACT to make provision for the registration of private pensions; the supervision of private pensions; to offer better protection to private pensioners; and to provide for matters connected therewith and
    incidental thereto.

  8. Belize - - Law, Act

    Immigration (Amendment) Act, 2016 (No. 13 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-10-12 | BLZ-2016-L-104853

    AN ACT to amend the Immigration Act, Chapter 156 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011; to make provision, in the interest of administrative and operational efficiency, for the responsible Minister to delegate certain functions to any Minister of State appointed to assist the Minister; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

  9. Belize - - Law, Act

    Refugees (Amendment) Act, 2016 (No. 15 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-10-12 | BLZ-2016-L-104854

    AN ACT to amend the Refugees Act, Chapter 165 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011; to make provision, in the interest of administrative and operational efficiency, for the responsible Minister to delegate certain functions to any Minister of State appointed to assist the Minister; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

  10. Belize - - Law, Act

    Belizean Nationality (Amendment) Act, 2016 (No. 11 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-04-14 | BLZ-2016-L-104850

    AN ACT to amend the Belizean Nationality Act, Chapter 161 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011; to make provision, in the interest of administrative and operational efficiency, for the responsible Minister to delegate certain functions to any Minister of State appointed to assist the Minister, and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

  11. Belize - - Law, Act

    Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) (Amendment) Act, 2016 (No. 12 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-04-14 | BLZ-2016-L-104852

    AN ACT to amend the Caribbean Community (Free Movement of Skilled Persons) Act, Chapter 17:02 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2011; to make provision, in the interest of administrative and operational efficiency, for the responsible Minister to delegate certain functions to any Minister of State appointed to assist the Minister; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

  12. Belize - - Law, Act

    Private Pensions Act 2016 (No. 4 of 2016). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2016-03-15 | BLZ-2016-L-104848

  13. Belize - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    National HIV/TB Strategic Plan 2016-2020. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-10 | BLZ-2015-M-110908

    This is Belize’s third successive HIV National Strategic Plan (NSP) 2016-2020.

  14. Belize - - Law, Act

    Sugar Industry (Amendment) Act, 2015 (No. 1 of 2015). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2015-01-20 | BLZ-2015-L-104857

  15. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Belize Public Service Regulations, 2014 (S.I. No. 59 of 2014). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2014-10-11 | BLZ-2014-R-98250

  16. Belize - - Law, Act

    High Seas Fishing Act, 2013 (No. 26 of 2013). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013-11-07 | Date of entry into force: 2013-11-08 | BLZ-2013-L-102680

    AN ACT to make new and improved provisions for the management and control of fishing on the high seas; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. Repeals the High Seas Fisheries Act, 2003 (No. 3 of 2003).

  17. Belize - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Employee Assistance Policy for the Public Service, 2013. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2013 | BLZ-2013-M-95174

    Sets out the policy for the treatment of public service employees.

  18. Belize - - Law, Act

    Labour (Amendment) Act 2005 (No. 3 of 2011).

    Adoption: 2011-04-13 | BLZ-2011-L-86622

    Makes numerous amendments to the Act to reform the provisions concerning termination of employment. These include amendments to Sections 2 (definitions); 4 (complaints of unfair dismissal to be treated by the Labour Commissioner); 26 (continuous employment); 29A (probationary period); Part VI (repealed). Adds new Sections 36 to 48 concerning termination of contract, notice periods, unfair dismissal. Repeals and replaces Section 183 concerning severance pay and amends Section 184. Inserts new Part XX establishing a Labour Complaints Tribunal.

  19. Belize - - Law, Act

    Merchant Ships (Registration) Act, 2010. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2010-10-23 | BLZ-2010-L-91374

    AN ACT to make new and improved provisions for the registration of merchant ships to meet the demands of the present-day shipping industry; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

    The Act contains 13 Parts and 114 articles. The Parts cover the following:
    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - Registration of Ships
    Part III - Name and Flag of Ships
    Part IV - Transfers and Transmissions
    Part V - Registration of Particulars
    Part VI - Mortgages
    Part VII - Maritime Liens
    Part VIII - Bareboat Charter Registration
    Part IX - Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims
    Part X - Revocation of Registration of a Vehicle
    Part XI - Forgery and False Declarations
    Part XII - Forms
    Part XIII - Miscellaneous

    Repeals the following:
    - Registration of Merchant Ships Act, as amended,
    - Registration of Merchant Ships (Registration and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations (S.I. 111 1991)
    - Registration of Merchant Ships (Variation of Fees) Order, 2010 (S.I. 56 2010).

  20. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Wages Councils (Wages Regulation) (Consolidation) Order (S.I. No. 79 of 2010).

    Adoption: 2010-07-27 | Date of entry into force: 2010-07-27 | BLZ-2010-R-87930

    Amends the Schedule to the Wages Councils Act to increase the minimum wage.

  21. Belize - - Law, Act

    Education and Training Act 2010 (No. 3 of 2010). - Act on-line

    Adoption: 2010-04-14 | BLZ-2010-L-84955

    PART I - Preliminary
    PART II - Ministry of Education
    PART III - National Council for Education
    PART IV - National Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
    PART V - Belize Teaching Service Commission
    PART VI - Teaching Service Appeals Tribunal
    PART VII - Belize Board of Teacher Education
    PART VIII - Teaching Services
    PART IX - Establishment and Management of Schools
    PART X - Grant-in-Aid / Special Grant
    PART XI - Schooling
    PART XII - School Attendance
    PART XIII - Higher and Further Education
    PART XIV - Scholarships and Bursaries
    PART XV - Miscellaneous

  22. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Fisheries (Nassau Grouper Protection) Regulations, 2009 (S.I. No. 49 of 2009). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2009-04-01 | BLZ-2009-R-91369

    These Regulations provide for the protection of Epinephelus striatus. They prohibit the taking of such fish in a specified period of each year and prescribe the size of fish that may be caught. They further, among other things, make exemptions for traditional fishing, include in the prohibitions the having in possession and sale of this fish species and prohibit the taking in the waters of Belize, or purchase, sale or having in possession of parrot fish.

  23. Belize - - Law, Act

    Domestic Violence Act, 2007 (No. 19 of 2007). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008-01 | BLZ-2008-L-94750

    AN ACT to provide greater protection for victims of domestic violence; to repeal the Domestic Violence Act, Chapter 178 of the Substantive Laws of Belize, Revised Edition 2000 -2003; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

  24. Belize - - Law, Act

    Money Laundering and Terrorism (Prevention) Act, 2008 (No. 18 of 2008) (Chapter 104). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2008 | BLZ-2008-L-102681

    Part I - Preliminary
    Part II - Money Laundering and Terrorism Prohibited
    Part III - Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Supervision
    Part IV - Freezing And Forfeiture Of Assets In Relation To Money Laundering And Terrorist Financing
    Part IVA - Enforcement of Foreign Orders and Cooperation with Foreign Regulatory Authorities
    Part V - Miscellaneous

  25. Belize - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    HIV/AIDS Strategy of the Public Service of Belize, 2007. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2007-08 | BLZ-2007-M-95175

  26. Belize - - Law, Act

    Harbours and Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Act 2007 (No. 11 of 2007).

    Adoption: 2007-05-30 | BLZ-2007-L-77180

    Amends the Harbours and Merchant Shipping Act, Chapter 234 by extending the categories of vessels which need to be registered and licensed by the Harbour Master, requiring mandatory reporting of all maritime accidents, and improving maritime safety.

  27. Belize - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Merchant Shipping Notice MSN-0024 on Working Hours and Rest Periods. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2006-10-31 | BLZ-2006-M-77184

    Reminds all ship owners, operators, seafarers and agents responsible for the implementation of the Safety Management Systems under the ISM Code of the mandatory observance of hours of work and rest periods and the introduction of model formats to be used for the maintenance of records of hours of work and rest periods onboard Belize registered ships.

  28. Belize - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Merchant Shipping Notice MSN-0021 on Seamen's Articles of Agreement. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2006-09-05 | BLZ-2006-M-77183

    Implements ILO Convention No. 22

  29. Belize - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Merchant Shipping Notice MSN-0020 on Maritime Treaties Relevant to Belize.

    Adoption: 2006-08-15 | BLZ-2006-M-77182

    Provides a list of all Maritime Treaties and related instruments ratified by the Government including ILO Conventions.

  30. Belize - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    National Policy on HIV/AIDS, 2006. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2006 | BLZ-2006-M-95176

  31. Belize - - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Merchant Shipping Notice MSN-0017, Crew Accommodation Certificate. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2005-12-13 | Date of entry into force: 2006-03-01 | BLZ-2005-M-77181

    Lays down regulations for the issuance of Crew Accomodation Certificates for all Belize registered ships in accordance with the ILO Conventions Nos. 92 and 133.

  32. Belize - - Law, Act

    Labour (Amendment) Act 2005 (No. 42 of 2005).

    Adoption: 2005-12-03 | Date of entry into force: 2005-10-01 | BLZ-2005-L-77419

    Amends sections 177 and 178 of the Labour Act to increase the maternity leave entitlement of a female worker from twelve weeks to fourteen weeks on full pay.

  33. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    International Labour Organisation Conventions Act (Amendment of Schedule) Order, 2005 (S.I. No. 132 of 2005).

    Adoption: 2005-11-05 | Date of entry into force: 2005-10-20 | BLZ-2005-R-77423

    Amends the principal Schedule of the Act by inserting reference to Convention No. 183 in the list.

  34. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Government (Open Vote) Workers (Amendment) Regulations, 2005 (S.I. No. 113 of 2005).

    Adoption: 2005-09-09 | Date of entry into force: 2005-10-01 | BLZ-2005-R-77421

    Amends regulation 30 of the the principal Regulations with respect to maternity leave.

  35. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    International Labour Organisation Conventions Act (Amendment of Schedule) Order, 2005 (S.I. No. 96 of 2005).

    Adoption: 2005-07-23 | Date of entry into force: 2005-07-18 | BLZ-2005-R-77422

    Makes several amendments to the principal Schedule concerning Conventions relating to seafarers.

  36. Belize - - Law, Act

    Belize National Aids Commission Act (Cap. 34:01). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2004-02-21 | BLZ-2004-L-108328

  37. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Fisheries Regulations 1977 [Consolidated version of S.I. No. 66 of 1977]. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2003-10-31 | BLZ-2003-R-91371

    The 124 regulations are divided into 4 Parts: Preliminary (I); General (II); Licensing (III); Processing (IV).
    Part IV is divided into 5 sections: Definitions (I); Quality Assurance Regulations (II); Labelling (III); Construction of and Equipment for Fish Processing Establishments (IV); Operating Requirements (V).
    Part II provides for fish conservation measures such as the restriction of catching of crawfish, bonefish, conch, turtle, coral, the prohibition of the use of certain gear, licences and record keeping for the exportation of fish. The Schedules contain forms for the entry of export duty (1); fish (boats) licences, fisherman's licences, fish exporter's licence (2), certificates of inspection (3), and specify processing requirements (4).

  38. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Belize Port Authority Regulations [Revised edition of S.I. 32 of 1980 as at 31 October 2003]. - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2003-10-31 | BLZ-2003-R-91372

    These Regulations provide rules for the behavior of ships in ports of Belize as regards anchoring, navigation, mooring, equipment of vessels, fire prevention and fighting, storage and handling of explosives and inflammables, etc. All ships and all persons using port facilities shall take every precaution to avoid pollution of the air. It shall be unlawful for any person to deposit, place or discharge into the territorial waters of Belize, any ballast, sanitary sewage, garbage, gaseous liquids or solid matter, oil, or any other specified matters.

  39. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Social Security (Collection of Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations, 2003 (S.I. No. 88 of 2003). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2003-06-30 | BLZ-2003-R-68420

    Made under Social Security Act. Amends regulations 10 and 12 of Social Security (Collection of Contributions) Regulations. Inter alia deals with day of payment of contribution.

  40. Belize - - Law, Act

    Social Security (Amendment) (Reform) Act, 2003 (No. 16 of 2003). - Acts on-line

    Adoption: 2003-06-18 | BLZ-2003-L-65677

    Amends sections 2, 35, 45, 48 and 49.

  41. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Social Security (Non-Contributory Pension for Women 65 Years or Over) Regulations, 2003 (S. I. No. 77 of 2003). - Social security legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2003-06-14 | Date of entry into force: 2003-04-01 | BLZ-2003-R-68421

    Establishes that non-contributory pension of $75.00 shall be payable to registered female person who (a) is 65 years of age or older; (b) is permament resident or citizen of Belize; and (c) has inadequate or no source of income. Also provides for establishment of Committee for determining these claims as well as for several related matters.

  42. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Social Security (Self-Employed Persons) Regulations, 2002 (No. 125 of 2002). - Social security legislation on-line Social security documents on-line

    Adoption: 2002-10-18 | Date of entry into force: 2002-11-22 | BLZ-2002-R-63807

    Deals with various aspects of social security of self-employed persons. Divided into 4 parts. Part 1 contains preliminary provisions and definitions. Parts 2 and 3 regulate scope of application of regulations, as well as registration and contributions. Regulations apply to persons who (a) are between ages of eighteen and sixty years, (b) are currently resident in Belize, (c) are gainfully occupied in Belize and are not employed persons, and (d) have opted to join the Social Security Scheme. Contribution payable by self-employed person shall amount to 7 of declared weekly income. Part 4 contains miscellaneous provisions.

  43. Belize - - Law, Act

    Pensions Amendment Act, 2001 (No. 40 of 2001).

    Adoption: 2002-01-02 | BLZ-2002-L-61260

    Amends Pensions Act. Declares offices of open vote workers to be pensionable offices entitled to the same pensions and gratuities as offices of the permanent establishment. Repeals Regulations 17A and 29 of Government (Open Vote) Workers Regulations.

  44. Belize - - Law, Act

    Penal System Reform (Alternative Sentences) Act, 2001 (No. 41 of 2001). - Act (Revised Edition 2003) Subsidiary Legislation

    Adoption: 2002-01-02 | BLZ-2002-L-61261

    Provides for establishment of Community Rehabilitation Department whose functions include the compiling of reports for the consideration of the courts at the pre-sentencing or post-sentencing stage, counselling of offenders and their parents, and supervising of offenders sentenced to do community service. Also enlarges powers of criminal courts to pass non-custodial community sentences.

  45. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Services Commissions Regulations, 2001 (S.I. No. 159 of 2001). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2001-11-17 | BLZ-2001-R-98251

  46. Belize - - Law, Act

    Social Security (Amendment) Act, 2001 (No. 31 of 2001).

    Adoption: 2001-08-31 | BLZ-2001-L-60994

    Amends Chapter 44 of Social Security Act. Provides for National Health Insurance Scheme. All Belizean nationals and all persons legally resident in Belize are eligible for enrollment. Regulates contributions, enrollment, and provision of health care services. Also expands composition of the Social Security Board.

  47. Belize - - Constitution

    Belize Constitution (Third Amendment) Act, 2001 (No. 2 of 2001).

    Adoption: 2001-02-23 | BLZ-2001-C-59514

    Amends Chapter 4 of the Belize Constitution. Specifies circumstances under which members of the House belonging to a political party may be disqualified from membership; regulates composition of the Cabinet; increases penalty for persons who sit or vote as members of the National Assembly when they are unqualified to sit or vote; establishes a separate Judicial and Legal Services Commission for Magistrates and other Judicial and Legal Officers; establishes a separate Security Services Commission for the Police Department and the Belize Defence Force; modifies composition of the Public Services Commission; transfers jurisdiction over Heads of Departments of Government to the Public Services Commission, and provides for serveral related matters.

  48. Belize - - Law, Act

    Fisheries Act (Chapter 210). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2000-12-31 | BLZ-2000-L-91370

    The Act consists of 17 sections: Short title (sect. 1); Interpretation (sect. 2); Application of Act (sect. 3); Appointment of officers (sect. 4); Powers of officers (sect. 5); Prohibition of commercial fishing, etc. without a boat licence (sect. 6); Prohibition of commercial fishing without a personal licence (sect. 7); Prohibition of certain scientific or research operations without a permit (sect. 8); Prohibition of export of fish, etc. without a licence (sect. 9); Offences penalties (sect. 10); Use of poisons or explosives (sect. 11); Inspection, seizure forfeit use of nets (sect. 12); Regulations (sect. 13); Marine reserve (sect. 14); Penalty for breach of regulations (sect. 15); Protection of officers agents from personal liability (sect. 16); Certificate as to identity or species of fish to be admissable (17).
    The Act shall extend to the coastal waters within the fishing limits of Belize. The Minister may, by Order in the Official Gazette, extend the application of this Act to inland waters (sect. 3). Powers of Fishery Officers appointed by the Minister are outlined in section 4.The Minister may, where he considers that extraordinary measures are necessary, by Order published in the Gazette, declare any area within the fishing limits of Belize and as appropriate any adjacent surrounding land, to be a marine reserve to afford special protection to the aquatic flora and fauna of such areas and to protect and preserve the natural breeding grounds and habitats of aquatic life and for other purposes.

  49. Belize - - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Social Security (Benefit) (Amendment) Regulations, 2000 (S.I. No. 131 of 2000). - Legislation on-line

    Adoption: 2000-11-28 | Date of entry into force: 2001-01-01 | BLZ-2000-R-65678

    Amends Regulations with regard to sickness benefit.

  50. Belize - - Law, Act

    Trade Unions and Employers' Organisations (Registration, Recognition and Status) Act, 2000 (No. 24 of 2000). - Act (Revised Edition 2000)

    Adoption: 2000-10-27 | Date of entry into force: 2000-12-31 | BLZ-2000-L-59515

    Comprehensive legislation on trade unions and employers' organisations. Part II provides for basic rights of employees and employers, protection of employees from discrimination by employer, protection of trade union from employer's interference, voluntary nature of membership of trade unions and employers organisations, and for federations. Part III deals with registration and constitution of trade unions and employers' organisations, annual returns, legal status of trade unions and employers' organisations, amalgamation of trade unions, and defunct trade unions and employers' organisations. Part IV sets forth provisions safeguarding the interests of members of trade unions and employers' organisations. Finally, Part V and VI make provision for recognition of collective bargaining rights as well as for collective bargaining agreements.

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