The new law reconfirms much of the previous executive regulations, whilst making some changes, primarily in relation to the internal Model Workplace Regulations and provisions relating to labour violations. We highlight below some of the key changes:
• Employers may now adopt their own Model Workplace Regulations providing they comply with the Labour Law and providing the same have been reviewed by a Ministry of Labour approved law firm;
• The Ministry of Labour is the only competent authority to issue Saudisation policies;
• The new resolution requires employers to provide a minimum of 16 hours training for their Saudi nationals. Previously, the minimum was left to the employer’s discretion;
• Timeframes pertaining to labour violations and settlements have been amended (and in most part extended).