In the past month, there have been several labour and employment law developments, chief among them: i) adding a new clause to the Labour Law and ii) various measures have been put in place in order to tackle the impact resulting from COVID-19
The resolution, which came into effect on 1 January 2020, outlines various minimum requirements by employers who require their employees to work between the hours of 11pm and 6am.
The government recently issued a resolution wherein the yellow rated band within the Nitaqat programme will cease to exist from 26 January 2020. Any companies currently in Yellow will be automatically moved to the Red band and will be considered non-compliant until ratings are improved
The amendments pertain to the settlement of labour violations and, in particular, extend the timeframes set out under Article 38 of the Executive Regulations dealing with the procedure involved in settling outstanding penalties imposed by the court
The resolution sets out requirements for employers to comply with in order to prevent and tackle behavioural abuse within the workplace. The resolution comes into force on 21/2/1441, corresponding to 20 October 2019
The resolution sets out the categories of visas available
Recently, there have been several legislative developments related to labour and employment law matters, chief among them: i) new resolution entered into force on 2 August 2019, approves an updated table of violations and penalties to the Labour Law and replaces the table previously issued; ii) new law entered into force on 7 August 2019, on female and nationalisation controls within the workplace, differentiates between different types of shopping or market areas and sets out the different environments and activities female employees may be employed; iii) new resolution, which also entered into force on 7 August 2019, sets out the framework in which female employees may be employed, including the sectors in which female employees may undertake night shifts, rules pertaining to work attire and wages and general facility requirements for female employees within different types of work environments; and iv) new law entered into force on 1 September 2019, provides for the use of Gregorian months and amends the payment date of unemployment insurance benefits
The government has approved amendments to the law, to allow Saudi women to apply and obtain a passport without the approval of a male relative
The government has announced plans to introduce foreign national recruitment restrictions within the hospitality sector, and specifically to hotel resorts, hotels rated 3* and above, and hotel apartments rated 4* and above
Decision No. 209517 dated 22/11/1440 (corresponding to 25 July 2019) banning smoking in the workplace. The new law will come into effect on 1 September 2019, prohibiting smoking to be undertaken in the workplace.