3 years jail, KD 10,000 fine for employing illegals

KUWAIT CITY, Jan 2: Director of the Labor Inspection Department in the Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) Muhammad Al-Ansari said several individuals were arrested in violation of the Labor Law during the year-end campaign in coordination with the Ministry of Interior.

In a press statement, Al-Ansari disclosed those arrested include 51 laborers who were apprehended along Wafra Road. He explained the campaign was aimed at ensuring that everyone works as stated in their civil identification cards. He cited Article 136 of Labor Law number 6/2010 which stipulates: “Employees entrusted with the inspection shall have the authority to write violation tickets to those who work in unspecified locations. They shall have the right to request for assistance of public authorities and coordinate with competent authorities regarding any goods left by said workers, if the whereabouts of the owners thereof are unknown.” He added the amendment in Article 138 of Labor Law number 32/2016 warns against hiring an employee who is under the sponsorship of another employer as far as PAM is concerned.

Penalties for this violation include jail term not exceeding three years, fine of not less than KD 2,000 and not more than KD 10,000 for every employee or both. He called on every employer to abide by the Labor Law, its amendments and regulations in order to avoid any violation; stressing labor inspection continues to guarantee strict compliance with the law.

By Fares Al-Abdan Al-Seyassah, Arab Times Staff

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