Acting Director General of the Public Authority for Manpower Ahmad Al- Mussa has affirmed issuance of a decision to grant a grace period of 60 days — from June 1 to August 1 — to expatriate workers registered in companies found to have violated the Labor Law and put under code 71 to rectify their status.
He explained the decision is in compliance with the directive of Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and State Minister for Planning and Development Affairs Hind Al-Subaih.
He confirmed the affected expatriate workers will be given a chance to transfer to other sponsors or return to their countries within the grace period. He clarified the grace period does not mean that the erring companies have been exonerated.
He said these companies’ files were referred to the General Department for Investigation to pave way for filing cases against them for violating Private Sector Labor Law number 26/2010.
He added over 33,000 workers registered under 6,770 erring companies will benefit from the decision.