Qatar: New Contracts for Domestic Workers on the Way
Following the issuing of Qatar Law No. 15/2017 by the Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs Ministry, an official at the International Labour Organisation Project Office in Qatar has announced new contracts will soon be issued to domestic workers coming to Qatar. They will specify their working hours, tasks and leave and overtime entitlements. Domestic workers will not be able to work more than two hours overtime and there are provisions on how compensation for overtime will be calculated. It will be calculated on the same basis as overtime for workers covered by the Labour Law. Domestic workers will also be entitled to the same sick leave benefit as any other workers in Qatar. Both domestic workers and employers will be able to terminate the contract providing they give reasonable notice. The new contract also specifies domestic workers should not be charged for their recruitment. These costs should be paid by the employer. The new contract aims to equalise the rights between domestic workers and workers covered by the Qatari Labour Law. It will reduce miscommunication in employment relationships and improve transparency in tasks between employers and domestic workers.