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‘Visa fees payment to be made via K-net beginning next week’ – Penalties against violators toughened: Al-Mousa

KUWAIT CITY, June 18: Director of the Public Authority for Manpower Ahmad Al- Mousa disclosed that the authority has activated a decision concerning new fees for bringing in laborers, and steps to ease the completion of transactions.

Beginning next week, payment of visa fees could be made via K-net through machines placed at the premises of companies to facilitate transactions without necessarily visiting the Public Authority for Manpower, he stressed.

Concerning labor reforms which the Cabinet approved last week, Al-Mousa said it toughens penalties against violators as per Article 57 of the law regarding the transfer of workers salaries to banks within Kuwait, which also allows the Cabinet to exempt some salary transfer activities.

He pointed out that Article 57 requires an employer who hires more than five workers to transfer their salaries through the bank, adding the Public Authority for Manpower has the right to ask for the list of transferred salaries.

The Cabinet issued the decision, as per request of the Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of Finance to specify the rules of accounts in the financial institutions and other relevant regulations for organizing the sector, and modified Articles (138), (140), (142) and (146) of the law.

Article (138) stipulates tougher penalties against any employer who violates the second item of the 10th article, indicating the violator will serve a minimum of three years imprisonment, fine of KD 2,000 to KD 10,000 or bear one of the two penalties.

In case an employer sends his employee to work for another employer, the latter will be subjected to the above-mentioned punishment, Al-Mousa stressed, explaining that penalties do not include the right of the authority to deport an employee who violates the law.

He pointed to Article (140) which stipulates fine of KD 500 as a minimum and not exceeding KD 1000 against any person who prevents employees designated by a minister to perform their tasks, according to Article (133) and (134) of Labor Law, and the penalty will doubled with the repetition of violation.

Concerning Article (146) of Law No. 6/ 2010, Al-Mousa pointed to the inclusion of an item that requires an employer to add one percent of an employee’s salary for each month the salary delays, if a court discovers that the company holds back the transfer of salaries. This does not include the employee’s right to demand any other compensation, according to Article (145).

By Fares Al-Abadan Al-Seyassah Staff

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