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New Law Ensures End-Of-Service Benefits For Domestic Workers

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Emir of Qatar issued a new law in order to protect and safeguard the rights of domestic workers. The new law ensures domestic workers are entitled to get an end-of-service benefits for each year of work after spending a minimum of full year at work.

Such gratuity shall be specified by a mutual agreement with the employer in the contract on condition that the calculation shall be a minimum of three weeks wages for each year of service.

The employer can deduct the amount from the sum, if there are any dues to be paid by the worker. The employer also has the right to terminate the contract without a prior notice and without paying the due end-of-service benefits for the year of termination, if the worker failed to undertake his duties according to this law or the employment contract.

In the meantime, the worker may terminate the work contract before its expiry while maintaining his full right to the end-of-service benefits in certain cases, such as: the employer failing to abide by his obligations in accordance of this law or the employment contract, the employer or his delegate using fraud at the time of making work contract regarding the labour conditions, or the employer or any of his family attacking him putting his body or life at risk.

The worker can end the contract at any given point if there is a threat to the safety or due to health issues, provided that the employer was aware of the danger and did not handle it.

The disputes arising between worker and the employer regarding the implementation of this law or the employment contract shall be governed by the stipulations of the Labour Law and the compensations of the worker for any work injuries will be according to the same law.

Any violations of the rights of the worker or the standard recruitment procedures shall be penalised by a fine of a maximum of QR5,000.

In case there is a violation in the minimum or maximum employment age and failing to pay the worker the due monthly salary within the set time frame, the violator shall entail a penalty of a maximum of QR10,000.

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