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New Kuwait labour law to include redundancy pay deal

Private sector legislation set to take effect soon, hailed as 'dream come true' by official.

A new private sector labour law, which will give workers the right to transfer from one sponsor to another, is to take effect soon, it was reported on Wednesday.

The new bill, which has have been described by the Social Affairs and Labour Minister Dr Mohammed Al-Afasi as a "dream come true", will also include mandatory granting of holidays and redundancy pay, Kuwait Times reported.

Part of the law calls for the establishment of a public authority for manpower, which would control and supervise the recruitment of expat workers. The new legislation also prohibits employers from recruiting foreign workers without first receiving official approval.

It will also ban women from working between 10pm and 7am, with the only exceptions being those employed in hospitals and private clinics, the paper reported, citing Arabic daily Al-Rai.

Employers will be legally bound to provide proper accommodation and means of transport for those working at remote locations, while the new law also ensures that employees cannot be financially penalised unless they are first notified in writing and allowed to argue in their own defence.

The new law also says that employers will be allowed to terminate an employee's contract without prior notice or compensation only if the employee have been absent without justification for seven consecutive days, had 20 days off without good reason within a year or been found guilty of a serious crime.

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Neil 10 years ago

So what happens if a foreign worker is sacked, does he get turfed out of the country or can he stay and apply for a new job? Whats the big issue with women working at night? Sounds like a big step in the right direction though...

Sam 10 years ago

so, when is it expected to apply the new law ?? anyone ??