Gulf News, 11 August 2023: Saudi Arabia’s Human Resources and Social Development Ministry has announced it has amended the schedule of violations and penalties under the Labour Law (Saudi Arabia Cabinet Decision No. 219/1426).
Among other amendments, employers who retain the passports or residency permits of their employees or their family members will be fined 1,000 Riyals. In addition, employers who hire members of staff without the appropriate work permit or without notifying the Ajeer programme will be fined 5,000 Riyals.
An employer who recruits a non-Saudi worker without the requisite work permit or without notifying the Ajeer programme will be fined 10,000 Riyals.
Employers who neglect occupational protection, safety, and health standards approved by the Ministry will be fined between 1,500 and 5,000 Riyals while the firm’s owner or representative will be held accountable for any accidents on the premises.
Entities employing over 50 workers have to provide designated childcare or nursery spaces. If they do not and there are at least 10 children under the age of six in care, they will be fined 5,000 Riyals. Those who hire children under 15 will be fined between 1,000 and 2,000 Riyals. Those who employ women within six weeks post-childbirth will also be fined 1,000 Riyals.
Any employer who commits any form of discrimination against current employees or job applicants will be fined 3,000 Riyals. This includes disparities in work conditions, advertisements, or wages for jobs of equal value between male and female workers.
- Employers who retain passports or residency permits of employees or their family members will be fined 1,000 Riyals.
- Employers who fail to comply with disbursing wages in the official currency through approved bank accounts will be fined 300 Riyals.
- Employers who do not establish an abuse investigative committee or fail to address behavioural violations within stipulated timeframes will be fined 5,000 Riyals.
Fines have to be settled within 60 days of the notification being received. Anyone who fails to comply could have Ministry services suspended.
Also reported in Okaz on 10 August 2023. Read the full story here.
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