Qatar Amir issues law establishing workers’ support and insurance fund

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Qatar Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani has issued Law No 17 of 2018 establishing the Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund.

The Amir also issued Tuesday Law No 16 of 2018 regulating the non-Qatari ownership and use of properties, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported.

According to the provisions of Law No 17 of 2018, a fund under the name “Workers’ Support and Insurance Fund” shall be established with a legal entity. The fund aims to support, ensure and provide care for workers, guarantee their rights and provide a healthy and safe working environment for them.

The purpose of the new fund is to pay the workers ‘benefits, which are settled by the labor dispute settlement committees, in order to avoid actions that may take time and affect workers’ ability to fulfill their obligations towards their families or third parties.

  • The fund ensures the rapid payment of financial benefits at the end of the service and the facilitation of the worker’s return to his country. The fund benefits both the private sector and domestic workers.
  • The fund will refer to the employer by legal means to recover the amounts owed to him and disburse to the employee.
  • The fund also supports, and sponsors workers by providing a safe and healthy work environment and housing by contributing to the provision of decent housing for workers, and establishment of playgrounds, entertainment venues and social activities.

The establishment of this fund comes within the framework of Qatar’s keenness to protect the rights of workers and ensure their access to their financial dues, and to support the wage protection system established to control the wages of workers subject to the Labour Law and supplementing the package of legislation and complementary laws of this system, QNA said.

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Meanwhile, under the provisions of Law No 16 of 2018, non-Qataris may own and use real estate in certain areas and in accordance with the conditions, controls and benefits specified by a decision by the Cabinet and based on a suggestion of the committee for regulating non-Qatari ownership and use of real estate.

The committee is set up at the Ministry of Justice and includes representatives from all parties concerned.
The laws are effective and shall be published in the official gazette, QNA added.

Published on 31 October 2018

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