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Minors of both genders can be employed at 15 – New directives for issuing ‘work permits’

KUWAIT CITY, June 5: Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has affirmed the ban on employers from using national manpower on the basis of formality and registering them in order to fulfill the requirement of quota system without the employees having actual workstations. In addition, sources from the authority stressed that the Manpower and Government Restructuring Program (MGRP) has no plans to reduce the financial subsidy offered to the Kuwaiti employees of the private sector.

In its new regulations on conditions and procedures for issuance of work permits, Director of Public Authority for Manpower Ahmad Al-Mousa said employers who have Kuwaiti or GCC employees should register them in the concerned labor departments provided the employee is registered with the Public Institution for Social Security.

According to the new regulations, the authorized signatory should be a Kuwaiti or GCC national, and the signatory should not go beyond a non- Kuwaiti partner in terms of renewing their own work permits.

The new regulations allow the authorized signatory to be a non-Kuwaiti for foreign investment activities affiliated to the Free Trade Zone, and foreign investors who are engaged in economic activities. Minors of both genders who have reached 15 years of age can be employed but after receiving permission from PAM based on the employer’s request.

However, it is prohibited to employ them for works related to painting, in factories that deal with cement, bitumen, asbestos, quarry, chlorine and soda, and in camel races among other professions.

The regulations permit women to work at night in hotels, pharmacies, medical labs, health service sectors, legal offices, entertainment parks, and nurseries for children and the disabled.

However, men are banned from working in institutions which provide services to only women such as boutiques, beauty shops and salons that sell women cosmetics, and health centers.

Women will be granted two hours for nursing (breastfeeding) during official working hours for two years from the day the baby is born.

Also, fully-paid vacation of four months and ten days will be granted to widowed Muslim employees from the date their husbands die. The new regulations prohibit employers in the private sector and the oil sector from confiscating travel documents of their employees.

By Fares Al-Abadan Al-Seyassah Staff

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