New Law to Protect Domestic Workers in Saudi Arabia
We all know that Saudi Arabia is implementing strict rules on workers nowadays. The rule includes their drive to legalize all illegal workers in Saudi Arabia.Â As part of their aim to have a very good relationship with expats working in their country the Council of Minister have passed a new law that protects the rights of domestic workers as well as their employers.
According to reports, the law allows them to enjoy nine-hour free time daily, a weekly day-off, one month paid vacation after every two years and medical leave. It also stated that the domestic worker should respect Islam as well as the law of the land.
â€œThe worker will not have the right to reject a work or leave the job without any genuine reason,â€ the law insisted.
The law aims to regulate relationships between domestic help and their employers.
Here are some penalties as mentioned at Arabnews:
- If the employer violates the contract, he will be fined SR2,000 and banned from recruitment for a year.
- For second-time violators, the fine will increase to SR5,000. They will also be banned from recruiting for three years. Third-time violators will face a life-time recruitment ban and a fine of SR10,000.
- Errant workers will be fined SR2,000 and prevented from working in the Kingdom. They will have to pay for journey back home.