Saudi Labor Ministry calls on employers to issue prepaid salary cards to domestic workers

Updated 05 February 2018
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Saudi Labor Ministry calls on employers to issue prepaid salary cards to domestic workers

JEDDAH: The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has renewed its call for individual employers to issue prepaid payroll or salary cards to domestic workers as soon as they arrive in the Kingdom, the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.
To get a prepaid payroll card, the employer (sponsor) must register for the service at a bank, then, through the Musaned online portal (www.musaned.com.sa), he can create an electronic recruitment contract and specify the worker’s monthly wage before saving the contract on the website and printing a copy.
“The ministry’s wage protection system aims to protect the rights of all parties in the contractual relationship — both the employers and domestic workers — and electronically document employment contracts for these workers,” said Khalid Aba Al-Khail, the ministry’s spokesman.
He added: “By issuing prepaid payroll cards, workers’ wages will be transferred to their bank accounts, which will guarantee the protection of their wages.”
Aba Al-Khail pointed out that the wage protection system covers all kinds of domestic workers in the Kingdom, and it will gradually be enforced. The ministry wants all employers, who already have domestic workers inside Saudi Arabia, to get on board with the new scheme within six months.
He explained that the program aims to protect the rights of both employers and workers, improve work circumstances for domestic workers, increase their job security, and promote the principles of human rights in Saudi Arabia.
“Contract services will be available through the Musaned online portal and smartphone app,” he said.
The ministry’s spokesman called on all recruitment offices and companies to raise the awareness of their clients and domestic workers on the rights and obligations of this contractual relationship.
Both parties can report violations or problems through the customer service call center at 19911.


Badges providing basic Two Holy Mosques information given to children, the elderly and non-Arabic speakers

Updated 22 May 2018
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Badges providing basic Two Holy Mosques information given to children, the elderly and non-Arabic speakers

DUBAI: A new system of badges has been created to help children, the elderly and non-Arabic speakers that are lost, be reunited with their groups while performing the pilgrimage.
The badges carry information and symbols on the various sites of the Two Holy Mosques which can be shown to others to help get directions – the Saudi state news agency SPA reported.
The Director of the General Department of Social Services, Misfer bin Amer Asiri, said the guides would be issued to children accompanying their families during Hajj and Umrah.
Each badge will show symbols of each location that lost person can show to helpers, who will then provide directions.
Meanwhile the Zamzam Department has also provided vehicles to carry water containers to those in need of rehydration.