close down 17 domestic labor offices

February 15, 20170 Comments

Director of Domestic Labor Department at Ministry of Interior Mohammad Al-Ajmi announced the department’s intention to close down 17 domestic labor offices for violating regulations governing the operation of these offices.

During a seminar organized by the State Ministry for National Assembly Affairs concerning domestic labor law, he indicated that the door is now open for issuance of licenses to avoid monopoly by a handful of operators.

Al-Ajmi revealed about an ongoing process for the return of Indian workers to the labor market, stressing that a committee has been set up for this purpose and it has been coordinating with the concerned authorities to resolve the issue. He said the department has received 95 applications for setting up offices and five applications for establishing companies.

Al-Ajmi revealed that the department received 1,341 complaints in 2016 out of which 63 were from employees, 1,257 from employers and 21 from recruitment offices. He explained that the new law consists of 54 articles concerning the rights and duties of employees, employers and recruitment offices. The articles also stipulate conditions for issuance of licenses for offices and for dealing with problems related to restoring sponsorship.

Sponsorship can now be restored within six months instead of 100 days as was in the past. Al-Ajmi stressed that the duration of employment starts from the date of resumption rather than date of arrival in the country, assuring that the law takes care of the human rights aspect by specifying weekly and annual holidays for workers.

Source : Arabtimes

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