SAUDI ARABIA APPROVED NEW PENALTIES ON LABOR LAW VIOLATIONS
Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Ali bin Nasser al-Ghafis approved on Monday changes on the violation and penalty table which comes as part of the Labor Law’s provisions, its executive regulations and other decisions, a move that goes hand in hand with changes that occur in the labor market.
According to the Ministerial Decision, the ministry increased fines for some violations and amended others as a fine of SR 10,000 is imposed against those who do not comply with Article 38 (hiring of a non-Saudi worker in a profession other than the one specified in his work permit) and Article 15 (failure to open firm’s file or update its data at the labor office).
- Additionally, the ministry enforces a SR 2,000 fine against those who hold passports, residence permits or medical insurance cards without workers’ permission, as well as SR 10,000 for not providing or complying with work regulations at firms.
- If the employer fails to upload wages files of workers on the Wage Management System (WMS) on a monthly basis, he will be fined SR 10,000.
- Those who fail to give vacations entitled to workers or comply with the occupational safety and health (OSH) regulations will be fined SR 10,000 and SR 15,000, respectively.
- The ministry highlighted some provisions were merged and amended, which aims to regulate the labor market and achieve its objectives.
- If the same violation is repeated, the fine will get doubled every time. The violator should remove the committed violation within one month from its date in order to avoid fine increase.
- The violation and penalty table will be constantly under review if needed, commended MLSD.
- For more information about the table, you can visit the ministry’s website at https://mlsd.gov.sa/ar/decisions