SR3,000 fine for every delayed salary

Updated 24 October 2015
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SR3,000 fine for every delayed salary

JEDDAH: Employers who delay the salaries of their Saudi and expatriate employees, or who fail to pay contracted amounts, will be fined SR3,000 for every offense, the Ministry of Labor has announced.
The fines will be implemented if the ministry's Wage Protection System (WPS) indicates a delay or violation, or if a complaint is lodged at an office of the ministry, according to a report in a local publication recently.
The WPS became in June 2013 compulsory for companies with over 3,000 employees, September 2013 for companies with over 2,000 employees, December 2013 for companies with over 1,000 employees, and November 2014 for companies with over over 500 employees.
In February 2015 it became compulsory for companies with over 320 employees, April for companies with over 240 employees, June for companies with over 170 employees, and August for companies with over 130 employees.
It is expected that it would become compulsory for companies with over 100 employees on Nov. 18, with the final phase for other firms yet to be determined, according to reports.
The system was initially launched to protect the rights of workers and ensure salaries are paid on time, according to signed contracts. This year, the ministry stopped recruitment services, job title changes, and transfer services for a private sector company that had delayed salary payments to 274 employees.
Meanwhile, the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) has announced that it would fine employers SR10,000 if they exclude workers from the system.
Abdullah bin Mohammad Abduljabbar, GOSI's spokesman, said that the organization had noticed recently that employers were not entering the names of their employees in the system.
He said employees can only be excluded if the company's owner dies, the firm is liquidated, or it closes down. Other reasons include the worker's contract ending, resignation, or the worker dying.


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

Updated 35 min 47 sec ago
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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.