As part of Vision 2030, the Ministry of Labour has announced the implementation of the ‘Weighted Nitiqat’ programme, which is designed to address concerns regarding the level of roles Saudi nationals are being engaged to do. Under the new system, there will be five criteria according to which an employer’s compliance rating will be decided upon and points will be awarded to those employers that reach the criteria.
2015 saw the introduction of some amendments to the KSA Labour Law, which came into effect on 18 October 2015. Such amendments include, among others, imposing fines in support of the enforcement of the KSA Labour Law amendments; introduction of a model internal labour policy as well as a standard employment contract template; employers with 50 or more employees must provide training on an annual basis to Saudi employees making up not less than 12 per cent of the total workforce (previously the requirement was for 6 per cent of the workforce), although this can also include those employees who are completing their education, where the employer is paying their education costs and
New immigration fees affecting employers who employ foreign nationals are set to come into effect in January 2018 in addition to existing recruitment fees
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i) Imminent Decree: A new decree is expected to be published, which will benefit government employees in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The decree is expected to increase maternity leave, increase paternity leave and entitle female employees nursing their babies to two hours of additional break each day for a period of one year from the birth of their child. The new decree is also expected to provide for enhanced rights for people with disabilities. ii) Wage Protection System: The UAE Wage Protection System is now being implemented by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and is considered to be in force as of 3 October 2016.