Work time bans in open areas from today in Qatar – Ministry to intensify inspections on summer

Work time bans in open areas from today in Qatar – Ministry to intensify inspections on summer

Starting from today (15th June 2019), the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) will intensify inspections on work sites to ensure companies comply with the summer hours work ban rule, according to a report in the local daily Qatar Tribune.

Qatar’s stringent labour laws ban companies from sending their workers to operate in open areas from 11:30 am to 3 pm during the summer months. The Work time ban comes into effect from today (15th of June).

ADLSA inspectors will also check on the air- conditioning system in the resting places for labourers, during the noon break. Hefty fines and/or even a total closure can be imposed on companies that do not comply with this law. Inspectors have the authority to close down the working site for up to one month for violations. Companies have been notified to clearly display the working time schedules for the benefit of their workers and ADLSA inspectors.

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Meanwhile, according to QNA, Qatar is participating in the 108th Session of the International Labour Conference, which is currently being held in the Swiss capital, Geneva, with a delegation headed by HE Yousef bin Mohamed al-Othman Fakhroo, Minister of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs. The conference, which includes representatives of the ministry, employers, and workers, will continue until 21st June.

It will include a number of committees to discuss international conventions and standards. And also the commitment of these countries to these conventions. Additionally, it will also discuss a draft convention against violence and harassment and the draft declaration of the centenary celebration of the International Labour Organisation.

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‘Summer in Qatar’ program started from today the 4th of June and runs until 16th of August 2019.

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Ministry to launch new e-system for work permits

Ministry to launch new e-system for work permits

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) will soon launch a new electronic system for work permits, it was announced during a seminar held at Qatar Chamber.

In a presentation, MADLSA’s recruitment manager Fawaz al-Rayes said the new system will facilitate recruitment procedures of business owners and investors in the state of Qatar.

Speaking to Gulf Times on the sidelines of the seminar, al-Rayes said the new system “replaces the permanent committee for recruitment,” which was previously cancelled by the MADLSA.

Al-Rayes said the new system, which will be launched “in the coming weeks,” will provide all the needs of business owners such as job positions, labour requirements, and nationalities, among others.

He also explained that the fully-electronic system will allow companies to file a request “to bring employees through a platform.” The Human Resources Department can then fill out an electronic form with the information provided by the company, including its labour requirements and other data.

MADLSA’s director of Labour Inspection Department Mohamed Ali al-Meer said the new system was welcomed by business owners “because it meets the needs of the local market for labour and facilitates the procedures for recruiting employees.”

He also noted that the beta version will be launched this month, “in order to address any potential issue before the final version is released.”

Qatar Chamber director general Saleh Hamad al-Sharqi stressed that the new electronic visa system “will be an addition to businessmen because it will facilitate access to visa services and recruitment of expatriates without any obstacles.”

Al-Sharqi stressed on the role of the chamber in following-up the needs of employers and the importance of gathering inputs from companies and businessmen, which will be included in the new system.

He said Qatar Chamber will hold another meeting before launching the system. He added that the services provided by the new electronic visa system “are either free or with a convenient price, in line with the services provided by some ministries and government agencies.”

Source Credit: http://www.gulf-times.com/

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