Fines up to SR25,000 for violating labor rights: Ministry

Updated 14 June 2017

Fines up to SR25,000 for violating labor rights: Ministry

JEDDAH: Employers will be fined SR25,000 ($6,700) for registering Saudi employees with the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) without their approval.
Firms can also face a five-day closure in addition to the fine, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development on Tuesday announced.
The ministry posted on its official Twitter account a list of penalties that will be imposed on employers if they violate the rights of their employees.
The announcement includes nine violation scenarios. Companies can receive fines of SR20,000 for recruiting expat workers for jobs allocated for Saudis as well as SR10,000 plus a one-day closure if the firm employs male expat workers for jobs which have been nationalized.
Holding workers’ passports without their approval will result in a SR2,000 fine. Employing a worker without a contract or without giving a copy of the contract can lead to a SR5,000 fine; the same fine applies to not adhering to offering work contracts in Arabic.
The ministry also stated that a SR5,000 fine would imposed for not complying with the conditions mentioned in training contracts; for not keeping workers’ records, including names, salaries, fines, attendance and medical records; as well as for full or partial withholding of a worker’s salary.


Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs. (SPA)
Updated 23 October 2019

Plan approved to establish Institute of Traditional Arts in Saudi Arabia

  • The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness

RIYADH: The minister of culture, Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, on Tuesday, adopted a plan to establish the Institute of Traditional Arts at the Royal Academy of Arts.
The institute will begin receiving applications for the fall of 2020, targeting 1,000 students and trainees in long- and short-term programs.
The Institute of Traditional Arts aims to preserve the local identity through teaching arts, contributing to the preservation and development of the Saudi heritage, graduating qualified practitioners, and using arts to raise awareness.
The institute also aims to encourage artists through programs or partnership with relevant sectors.
The institute is part of the Academies of Arts’ initiative, which was announced in the Ministry of Culture’s first package last March, and the among the quality of life program’s initiatives. The minister of culture announced last August that academies will be evaluated according to the market’s needs, with the first being specialized in heritage and traditional arts and crafts.