Saudi Arabia moves to criminalize brokerage in job hiring

SourceSaudi Gazette
CountrySaudi Arabia

Okaz/Saudi GazetteRIYADH — Saudi Arabia plans to criminalize brokerage in the employment of Saudis and recruiting of foreigners with imposing a hefty fine ranging between SR200,000 and SR500,000.The proposed amendments in the Labor Law also include 14-week maternity leave with full pay for working women instead of the existing 10-week leave, and meeting the expense of the exit and reentry visa fee by the worker instead of the employer.These are part of the proposed amendments in the Labor Law that the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development intends to introduce in the near future, Okaz/Saudi Gazette has learned from well-informed sources.The ministry is heading to make key amendments in the Labor Law to make the existing rules and regulations more effective and employment friendly so as to achieve a qualitative improvement in the employment market situations, especially in the productive and service sectors.The ministry has been and is still in consultations and deliberations with specialists and experts on the proposed amendments that cover 29 legal articles of the Labor Law, besides more...