MOL: Expat workers can seek new sponsors if denied salary

Updated 16 February 2014

MOL: Expat workers can seek new sponsors if denied salary

The Ministry of Labor has warned of strict action against business organizations that fail to comply with the new wage protection system, the second phase of which will be implemented next month.
Munif Al-Harbi, director of Wage Protection System in the Ministry of Labor in Jeddah, said under the new system, any business organization which has more than 1,000 employees on its rolls, must adopt the new system under which salaries of employees are required to be paid through banks in a prescribed format.
Any employee who is not paid salary for three months will be free to transfer his sponsorship without the consent of defaulting employer, he said.
Al-Harbi, speaking at a workshop on the new wage protection system at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI) on Thursday, emphasized that the new system was brought in to protect the rights of both employer and employee. He also warned that authorities will constantly monitor the new wage system implementation by employers and advised them to open bank accounts for employees without delay.
The official explained: “Every month, once the wages are deposited with the banks, the Ministry of Labor will receive copies.” By 2015, all business houses irrespective of the number of employees will have to apply the wage protection system, he added.
Faisal Al-Otaibi said the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) and the Labor Ministry are monitoring the wage system, and efforts are on to link the system with the Ministry of Interior and other ministries to ensure transparency.
He said that all employers including foreign firms employing workers in the Kingdom will have to disburse salaries in Saudi riyal only.
Abdul Aziz Dahmash, representative of SAMA, said: “All Saudi banks have wage protection system and the wage cards of employees are like regular ATM cards for all banking purposes, which have to be renewed on expiry.


LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

Updated 15 December 2019

LA Italian eatery Madeo delights the palate in Riyadh Season pop-up

  • Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one

RIYADH: Renowned Italian restaurant Madeo has opened up in Al-Murabba for Riyadh Season. 

The pop-up has started brightly, and head chef Gianni Vietina invited Arab News to sample the menu and chat about his experience.

Vietina, in Saudi Arabia for the first time, said that he loved the location he had set up in, and was very happy to be opening up in the Kingdom. 

“The location is gorgeous. At night, with all the lights on, the music going, it’s very nice.”

Despite minor setbacks he faced while setting up, Vietina considers the experience to be a positive one and that the response was even better than he had expected. 

“Like anything new, you have quests, you have problems. Up to now, we’re doing pretty good. We are up and running. We’re comfortable now, which is a shame as we’re leaving pretty soon,” he said.

He added that he would repeat the experience in a heartbeat if he could: “They were nice enough to ask me to stay in Saudi a little longer, but I can’t. I need to go back home. But I would love to come back.”

He said that while he was not planning to open up a permanent restaurant in Saudi Arabia, he would not rule it out completely.  “I’ve been offered options, and friends have offered to show me locations while I’m here, but I can’t do it right now, I just opened a new restaurant two months ago,” he said.

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like.”

Gianni Vietina, Head chef of Madeo

The pop-up’s menu contains most of what the original restaurant offers, including his ever-popular penne amadeo and spaghetti bolognese, with the chefs using a combination of imported and locally sourced ingredients. 

“I chose the dishes that I know that most of the Saudis that visit my restaurant in Los Angeles like,” he told Arab News.

For the pop-up, Vietina has stuck to using halal and alcohol-free ingredients. 

“It was challenging at the beginning. But the bolognese at Amadeo doesn’t contain pork, and I realized after we tried cooking without wine that almost nothing changed. I actually prefer it,” he said.

Madeo is a favorite of Saudis visiting Los Angeles, with Vietina going so far as to describe the restaurant as a “Little Riyadh” on most evenings between July and September. 

He even recognizes some of the customers who have come into the Riyadh pop-up, and always stops over to greet them.

Upon sampling the menu, it’s easy to see why the food at Madeo has remained popular all these years. 

The eggplant parmigiana is a perfect blend of crusty cheese and silky smooth eggplant, with hints of basil and rosemary. 

The bolognese is rich, meaty and decadent, without being too heavy and greasy. And the penne Amadeo, which Vietina has been eating since his childhood, is a timeless classic of crushed tomato, basil, finished off with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano for a creamy, rich flavor.