Constructive Guidelines for Migrant Workers Coming to Saudi Arabia--part Three

ppruel By ppruel, 28th Jan 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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In Saudi Arabia, the working days will start from Saturday through Thursday. The day off will fall during Friday. The normal working hours are also eight hours per day. The worker is also paid an extra amount of wage for over-time: working hours equals the wage he/she receives in a regular day plus (50%), whereas one hour of over-time is equals to (150%).

The regular working hours and day off

The maximum limit for regular working hours in Saudi Arabia is eight hours per day or forty-eight hours per week. The working hours may increase or decrease by the approval of the Ministry of Labor in accordance with the provision of Labor Law. Such change depends on the type of activity and the nature of work. The period of time the worker spends on commutation, prayer and rest shall not be accounted for in working hours. However, during Ramadan, working hours will decrease by two hours for the workers both the Saudis or non-Saudis who perform fasting.

Friday is an official holiday (day off) with full pay. After the approval from the concerned Labor Office, the employer may replace that day for some of the workers with any day of the week, provided that the number of working days shall not exceed six days. The workers are to be allowed in all circumstances to perform their religious obligations.

Annual vacation and unpaid vacation

The worker is entitled to an annual vacation no less than a period of fifteen days if he/she had spent in service one full year and this period is fully paid in advance. The vacation may increase to twenty one days whenever the worker spends ten consecutive years in service with he employer. It may be agreed upon to extend such vacation period if such extension is provided in the work contract or the Labor rules of implementation for regulating work for the establishment. The employer may decide the start of such vacation according to work needs. The worker may take unpaid vacation no longer than ten days in a year, provided that the employer approves this.

Sick leave and payments

The worker is entitled to a full pay sick leave for the first thirty days of his/her sickness, then 3/4 of wage pay for the following sixty days in one year. The sick leave is provided according to a medical report issued from a physician approved by the employer. If the employer has no authorized physician, the medical report may be issued by a physician assigned by the specialized agency of the government.

Other paid vacations

The worker is entitled to other paid vacations as follows:

  • Three days in case of marriage.
  • One day in case of child birth.
  • Three days for Eid Al-Fiter holidays as of the following days of the twenty-ninth of Ramadan.
  • Four days for Eid Al-Adha as of the day Pilgrims are present in Arafat.
  • One day for the National Day of the Kingdom that falls on September 23 every year.
  • The employer upon his wish may extend periods of Eid holiday vacations more than what were mentioned above whether before or after the specified dates.

Pregnancy and birth vacation for females

For female workers, pregnancy and birth vacation is detailed as follows:

  • Female worker is entitled to a period of vacation for ten weeks, four of such are prior to the expected date of delivery and the other six weeks are after delivery. The expected date to give birth is estimated by the establishment's physician or by a medical report certified by the Ministry of Health. The employer should not make any female worker conduct her duties during the first six weeks after she gives birth. During the pregnancy and delivery vacation, the female workers are paid half of their wages if they spent one year or more in service with the employer. they will be paid their full wages if they had three years or more of service as the start date of the vacation.
  • The female worker, after returning to work from pregnancy and delivery vacation, may take rest breaks no longer than one hour per day in order to nurse her baby, in addition to rest breaks given to all workers.
  • The employer shall bear the expenses of physical examination, treatment and delivery.
  • The employer should not dismiss the female worker during her pregnancy and birth vacation.

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author avatar Buzz
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Helpful tips to migrant workers, kabz. Madami pa din pa pumupunta dyan Saudi?

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author avatar ppruel
29th Jan 2012 (#)

Wish too Kabz. Thanks.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
28th Jan 2012 (#)

well done report...

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author avatar ppruel
29th Jan 2012 (#)

Thank you again Ms. Delicia.

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author avatar Denise O
28th Jan 2012 (#)

Another great page that will help many. Well written! Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar ppruel
29th Jan 2012 (#)

As usual friend thanks again...

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author avatar Sheila Newton
29th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks for a great share, my friend.

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
30th Jan 2012 (#)

Wonderful guide for the migrants.

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