Ministry won’t entertain requests for cancellation of ‘hurub’ from Sept. 17

Updated 20 August 2012

Ministry won’t entertain requests for cancellation of ‘hurub’ from Sept. 17

The Ministry of Labor has instructed all offices not to entertain the requests for canceling ‘hurub’ (disappearance of foreign workers) applications, effective Sept. 17.
“The measure was taken to reduce the number of applications we receive from employers regarding hurub of their foreign workers,” said Ahmed bin Saleh Al-Humaidan, deputy minister for labor affairs.
He said the ministry would impose tough punishment on companies and individuals who make unlawful and unjust hurub announcements to deny their workers financial or legal rights.
“Companies and individuals have no right to cancel the applications stating the hurub of their workers. At the same time, workers have the right to do so if their employers had presented such applications to cheat them,” Al-Humaidan said.
He said hurub applications would not be counted in the Nitaqat system. “We’ll consider it only after changing information at the Interior Ministry regarding the absconding foreign worker,” he pointed out.
However, Al-Humaidan said companies in the Premium and Green categories would be allowed to cancel ‘hurub’ applications until Sept. 17, which had been presented before that date.
Referring to the punishment for those employers or sponsors who make false ‘hurub’ announcements, Al-Humaidan said: “For the first offense, we’ll stop our services to the company or establishment for a year. For the second offense, we’ll stop our services for five years.”
A number of experts in the Kingdom believe that the new measure would complicate the process of sponsorship transfer.
Companies used to give workers two to three months to transfer their sponsorships to other firms, but if the workers failed to change their sponsorships within that period, the previous companies would make the ‘hurub’ announcements.
Most foreign workers find it difficult to get new jobs or sponsors within two months. This will naturally increase the number of ‘hurub’ cases.
Muhammad Al-Sayyed, an Egyptian who works for a contracting company in Jeddah, said “Many expatriates have fallen prey to ‘hurub’ cases because of their inability to find suitable sponsors within a period specified by the existing sponsors.”
Although the new ministry decision allows expatriates to cancel false ‘hurub’ announcements, it would be difficult for them to prove that the ‘hurub’ applications presented by their former sponsors were based on false reasons. In the past, companies used to send their representatives to the Labor Office to help foreign workers cancel the ‘hurub’ applications presented against them.
Fahd Al-Nuwaisser, a lawyer, said: “The ‘hurub’ takes place when a worker disappears for a long time without informing the sponsor. But some sponsors make ‘hurub’ announcements in order to get rid of their workers and get new work visas. In this situation, the worker has to prove that he is still working with the company, presenting witnesses of his colleagues or necessary documents. This will help them get the ‘hurub’ status removed.”
Al-Nuwaisser also pointed out that some sponsors take revenge from their foreign workers by making ‘hurub’ announcements against them, especially when they make any complaints against the sponsors at the labor office. “‘hurub’ has become a sword that has been used by some sponsors to threaten their workers.”

 


Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

Updated 7 min 26 sec ago

Saudi authorities arrest coronavirus curfew violator after posting haircut video

  • Saudi prosecutor warned of legal consequences earlier
  • Violators could be fined up to $796,880 and jailed for up to 5 years

DUBAI: Saudi police arrested a man in Al-Qassim who violated coronavirus regulations by bringing a barber into his home, state news agency SPA reported.
Videos circulating on social media showed the man as he asked a barber to come into his house after authorities temporarily closed down barber shops and salons to curb the spread of COVID-19.
The Saudi public prosecutor has previously warned that anyone posting content on social media, including photos or videos showing curfew violations, or the flouting of any rules enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 face prosecution.
In a message posted on Twitter, the bureau said that perpetrators will be charged under Article Six of the Information Crime Prevention Law, which carries a punishment of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $796,880. 
The punishment will be applied to violators but informers will not be questioned, it added.