Deputy Director of the Manpower Protection Department at the authority, Badriya Al-Mukaimi, announced the extension of the Labor transfer grace period while speaking to the media during the workshop titled ‘Introducing Labor Act 6/2010 to both Employers and Employees.’ The Manpower Public Authority and Interior Ministry decided to extend the grace period from 60 days to 90 days, allowing a longer time frame for workers to switch their sponsors. This would increase their chances of getting a suitable job without the threat of an absconding report.
Mukaimi also highlighted the lack of awareness about the inspection processes among the employers and workers, and the need for more education in this regard to avoid fake absconding reports filed by some employers. The tactic is often used by employers when an employee quits due to a dispute with his or her boss.
“Therefore, the manpower authority conducts three inspections of any facility three different times to verify such reports,” she said, noting that the authority was interested in finding a solution to the problems resulting from employers making false absconding accusations.