SR3,000 fine for every delayed salary

Updated 24 October 2015

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.

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

Updated 17 July 2019

First group of Sri Lankan Muslims begin Hajj journey

  • 4,000 to partake in this year’s pilgrimage after Saudi Arabia increased quota

COLOMBO: Nearly 180 Sri Lankan Hajj pilgrims left for Saudi Arabia on Monday night, but not before thanking the Kingdom for the comprehensive facilities offered to them.

Mohamed Hashim Mohamed Haleem, Sri Lanka’s minister of postal services and Muslim religious affairs, said that this year’s issuing of Hajj visas was smooth due to the new e-Hajj services introduced by the Saudi government. 

“We were able to process all 4,000 Hajj visas efficiently. All of them were issued well in time,” Haleem said.

He added that officials from his ministry will be available at the airport to assist the pilgrims with their departures.

The minister said the flights of pilgrims this year will be ferried by both Saudi Arabian Airlines and Sri Lankan Airlines. Haleem, who intends to participate in this year’s Hajj, said that the last flight of Sri Lankan pilgrims will leave Colombo on Aug. 7.

Sajjath Mohammed, a journalist from Madawala News, praised the e-Hajj service, saying: “The biometric services for the visas were available to pilgrims in Kandy and Batticaloa in addition to Colombo, the capital of the island.”

Rizmi Reyal, president of the International Airline Ticketing Academy in Sri Lanka, said that this year the Hajj services from Colombo have been enhanced to give a better experience to the pilgrims. He thanked the Saudi government, the Muslim Religious Affairs Ministry in Colombo, the Saudi Embassy in Colombo and the Sri Lankan Embassy in Riyadh for playing their part in these improvements.

The Sri Lankan government will also send a medical team to attend to any urgent needs of the pilgrims before they are taken to the nearest medical facilities in the two holy cities.