Emir issued a new law to protect the rights of the domestic workers in Qatar. According to this law a certified contract is mandatory for hiring domestic workers. Domestic workers including housemaids, drivers, nannies, cooks, gardeners and their equivalents will come under the law.
The Law No. 15 of 2017 on domestic workers which includes 24 articles and will be published in the Official Gazette, has banned recruitment of under age (below 18 years) or above 60 years as domestic helps.
Workers are entitled for a three week paid annual leave with the right to choose the vacation timing. Every two years they shall be provided a return air ticket to their home country unless they were going for good so they will get only one side ticket.
The payment will only be considered valid when employers transfer wage in the bank account of the domestic help or make them sign give him in cash after taking their signature as prove that they received the salary.
Employers are responsible for accommodation, food, health care, not to exposure his their health or safety to danger and treat them with dignity.
The workers should not be engaged in work for more than 10 hours unless it is mentioned in the job contract. In case of death, it is the employer’s responsibility to send the body back to the worker’s native country.
The employers cannot take the workers outside the country without their consent. According to the law domestic helps were granted weekly off that should not be less than 24 hours in a row and weekly off day will be specified as per the contract, said the draft law. The law prevent employers from dismissing helps without prior warning or giving them the due end of service.
Employers have the right to end the contract if the worker violates the contract. As the law made it clear that anyone who violated the provisions of this law will be punished with fine ranging between QR5000 to QR10,000.
Agencies can recruit workers on behalf of the employers after getting permission from the concerned authorities or employers can recruit by themselves upon approval.