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Al-Dosari refers number of illegal firms to prosecution ‘Data not updated, addresses not available’

KUWAIT CITY, Feb 14: Assistant Undersecretary for Labor Affairs at the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor Jamal Al-Dosari has referred a number of illegal companies to prosecution for violating Labor Law 6/2010 of private sector, reports Al-Jarida daily. Knowledgeable sources said the ministry had registered over 2,000 violations against labor last year, in addition to illusory companies that trafficked in visas.

They added some companies referred for investigation were earlier suspended under specific codes, but the owners had declined to check with the concerned authorities to amend their status, which violates articles 12, 19 and 24 of the aforementioned law.

After checking the companies, the concerned authorities discovered their data hadn’t been updated, and their addresses were unavailable with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, making it difficult to check on them.

They clarified that the companies in question have been referred for investigation in accordance with articles 138 and 141 of Labor Law; the first article imposes three years imprisonment and fine of KD 1,000 to KD 3,000 against violators of Article 10 of Labor Law which is related to bringing in expatriate personnel and outlaws the employment of personnel without the approval of the concerned authorities.

Following a three-month notice, companies violating the law will be made to pay fines no less than KD 100 or KD 200 for each laborer, but the penalty is doubled if the same violation is repeated within 3 years from the date of issuing the verdict.

Sources affirmed that the ministry has made sure that these companies do not exceed the number of personnel registered in their files, because the act violates Article 3 of Law 30/1990. On the other hand, sources confirmed that the sector minister is about to take strict measures against the director of one ministry department due to complaints submitted against him by visitors and employees.

They said the Legal Affairs Department has since received several complaints against the director for discriminating against applicants and abusing his office, which has led to congestion at the department.

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