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12 Recommendations on Change of Employer and Expat Worker’s Exit

23 Feb, 2021 08:43 AMAl Raya Newspaper, The PeninsulaIntended Audience
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The Shura Council held its regular weekly meeting today under the chairmanship of Speaker of the Shura Council HE Ahmed bin Abdullah bin Zaid Al Mahmoud. The session was held via video conferencing at the Council headquarters.

During the session, the Council discussed the supplementary report of the joint committee of the Services and Public Utilities Committee and the Internal and External Affairs regarding the general discussion request submitted by several members of the council on the change of employer and travel without notification for expatriate workers.

The Council’s recommendations called for ensuring the financial and legal status of the company to which the worker will move, especially in obtaining the approval for visa, and ensuring that the first party does not lose its visa. They also called for ensuing the number of times allowed to change the employer does not exceed three times during the worker's stay in the country in order to prove his seriousness at work, in addition to ensuring that the percentage of workers who received approval to change employer does not exceed 15% annually for a single company except with the approval of the employer. When recruiting workers to implement governmental or quasi-governmental contracts, it should be taken into account that they should not be granted change of employer except with the consent of the employer until the term of those contracts expires and that the visa should be linked to the contract. They also called for fair compensation for the costs the company spent on the worker.

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