A decision on activating the KD 250 bank warranty condition for companies wishing to issue work permits for every laborer brought from outside the country will take effect on April 1, 2015, a government official said. Companies wishing to do so are also encouraged to open the needed bank accounts and provide the Manpower Public Authority with their numbers so that the work permits they need could be issued, the authority’s General Director Jamal Al- Dousary said.
He did not provide a date for when the authority will reopen foreign laborers’ recruitment from outside. Allowing private companies to recruit workers from outside has been closed since last year pending efforts to introduce better labor regulations. Meanwhile, Doussary indicated that the authority was currently working on solving the problems related to absconding reports in a way that protects both laborer and employer rights. He added that suggested solutions include inspecting the concerned facilities three times before issuing a notice to the absconding laborers, granting them three months to check with the relevant department.
The suggestions also include filing absconding reports online so that laborers could follow up how their cases are developing, he said. Separately, Human resources deputy manager at the said citizens registering to receive the national labor support allowance can do so online starting today, said Abdullah Al- Motoutah, Deputy Director of the Human Resources Department at the authority.