Shoura clears 40-hour week for private sector

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Updated 19 December 2013
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Shoura clears 40-hour week for private sector

The Shoura Council has endorsed a proposal to reduce the weekly working hours for employees in the private sector from 45 to 40 with a two-day weekend.
The Shoura members, who met on Monday, adopted a number of amendments to the Labor Law and agreed to reduce total weekly working hours from 45 to 40. They also agreed to make the working contract unlimited if it is renewed three times and if the total employment period had touched four years.
The Shoura insisted that an employee should not be asked to work for more than five hours continuously without rest and should be given a half-hour break for food and prayer. It also warned companies against asking their employees to work more than 40 hours weekly and eight hours daily.
The two-day weekend decision will have to be approved by the Council of Ministers to become law. 
Saudis and expatriates alike have welcomed the decision, saying it would increase their productivity.
“It’s a gamechanger. This move shows Shoura’s farsightedness as the two-day weekend would attract Saudis to the private sector,” said S. Tauqueer, an IT manager from India working for a French multinational in Riyadh.
“This is one of the biggest favors given by the Labor Ministry to the private sector. It will not only boost productivity of workers but also encourage more Saudis to join private firms,” said Abdul Shukoor Ali, a senior executive. “It will contribute to bringing down the stress levels of workers,” he added.
The newly amended Labor Law gives nine reasons for a company to nullify the contract without informing the worker or giving him or her compensation. However, the worker should be given a chance to appeal that decision. 
The nine reasons include attacking the company owner or top executive or colleague during work or if the worker is absent for more than 30 days without a genuine reason during the one-year contract or 15 days continuously. Before firing the worker, he or she shall be given a written notice after 20 days in the first case and after 10 days in the second case.


Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents. (SPA)
Updated 21 April 2019
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Around 3 million arrested for residency, labor violations in KSA

  • 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures

RIYADH: Nearly 3 million violators of residency, work and border security systems have been arrested in a year-long roundup, according to an official report.
Since the campaign began in November 2017, there have been 2,987,317 offenders, including 2,328,031 for violating residency regulations, 458,591 for labor violations and 200,695 for border violations, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
The report said that 50,388 people were arrested while trying to cross the border into the Kingdom, 50 percent of whom were Yemeni citizens, 47 percent were Ethiopians and 3 percent were of other nationalities.
2,135 people were arrested for trying to cross the border into neighboring countries and 3,697 were arrested for involvement in transporting and harboring those violators. 1,227 Saudi citizens were arrested for harboring the violators against local laws, of which 50 are being detained, pending the completion of procedures.
Immediate penalties were imposed against 443,210 offenders; 405,806 were transferred to their respective diplomatic missions to obtain travel documents; 507,042 were transferred to complete their travel reservations; and 750,504 were deported.