Employers warned against recruiting marginal workers Labor eyes two shifts for some admins

KUWAIT CITY, July 22, (Agencies): The Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor has warned employers against hiring marginal workers, pointing out the act warrants a penalty of imprisonment for maximum of three years or fine ranging from KD 1,000 to KD 5,000 or both, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily quoting Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs Jamal Al-Dosari.
Advising the employers to fully abide by Article 10 of the new labor law in the private sector, Al-Dosari explained the law does not allow employers to recruit workers from other countries without giving them jobs upon arrival in Kuwait or making them work for other sponsors. He said the employers should strictly comply with the law to avoid legal problems, especially since a number of teams from the Inspection Department have started conducting intensive inspection campaigns to track down violators.
Meanwhile, the ministry has announced its plan to change the official work hours in some labor administrations from one shift to two, reports Al-Dar daily quoting sources.

Sources said the new work schedule will most likely be implemented after the holy month of Ramadan in the Capital, Hawally and Farwaniya labor administrations. Sources affirmed this step is aimed at easing the burden of employees and the public as they suffer due to the large crowd in the three administrations daily. Sources explained these administrations receive the highest number of visitors every day because most of the companies are under their control. Sources added the employees, who will work extra hours, will be generously compensated to encourage them to ensure efficiency even if they work beyond the official hours.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Social Affairs and Labour and Minister of Justice Dr Mohammed Al-Afasi on Thursday issued a decision to form a committee to prepare for the Third Gulf Festival for Social Action (Kuwait 2012).
The ministry said in a press statement that the Committee will be tasked with studying a number of requirements for the preparation and coordination for hosting the festival, in addition to the required budget as well as any other functions that will contribute to the completion of its work.
He pointed out that the committee will be chaired by the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour and its membership includes a group of managers in the ministry in addition to the membership of representatives from the Ministry of Finance and the General Administration of Customs.

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