A lot of positive changes are taking place in Qatar on the labour front, and employers and employees need to keep pace with the developments to avoid inconveniences and getting caught on the wrong side of the law.
There are lots of positives to be drawn from the new labour law set to come into effect in December.
Apart from the topical WPS (Wages Protection System in Qatar), the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour, and Social Affairs has also put in place measures specifically aimed at streamlining the recruitment of domestic workers.
What’s in the New Law?
The law deals with the entry, exit, and residency of foreign workers in the country. Its principal highlight is the requirement that all incoming workers ought to have a written job contract before arriving in the country.
It is a requirement of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour, and Social Affairs that all households seeking to hire domestic help, sign an employment contract with the employment agency handling the requirement.
After both parties have appended their signatures, the contract must be submitted to the Ministry for approval. As stated on the Ministry’s Facebook Page, the recruitment must be based on such an approved contract of employment.
How it Works
- The prospective employer must first receive CVs from job seekers to select the right one.
- A contract can then be drafted and employers are urged to read it carefully
- Contract must include a fixed term and probation period of three months effective the day the employee joins the employer
- Once approved, the contract becomes effective immediately, and further documents can be submitted for entry visa processing
- Employer must keep a copy of the contract as well as bills for any advance payments
- Employer must get a medical checkup performed on the employee within two weeks of their arrival
There are several remedies available to employers under the new law. In the event of delays by the recruitment agency in providing a domestic worker, the employee has the right to seek compensation.
If the worker refuses to perform the job for which they came into the country, the employer should get the worker to sign an endorsement with full details such as the date.
The worker can also be returned to their home country if any terms of the contract are violated within the probation period or efforts to secure a residency permit fail.
It is incumbent upon prospective employers, employees, and recruitment agencies to familiarise with the provisions of this law to ensure compliance or seek remedies in the event of contract breaches.
Professionals from other countries seeking to travel to Qatar have a lot of new developments with which to keep pace.
The Wages Protection System in Qatar has also brought about many positives to employers and employees.