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First nod to 35 private paid leave days

FIRST ANNUAL LEAVE ENTITLEMENT AFTER 6 MONTHS OF SERVICE

KUWAIT CITY, March 7: The National Assembly approved Thursday the proposal to amend Private Sector Law No 6/2010 in its first reading.

Article 70 of the amended law stipulates granting 35 paid leave days every year, instead of 30 days, to employees in the private sector excluding weekend and public holidays or medical leave days. Employees are entitled to their first paid annual leave after completing six months in service.

In addition, Article 51 of the revised law stipulates that employees are entitled to full indemnity upon the end of service without deducting the monthly social security contribution. The Assembly decided to return the bill to the concerned committee as MPs intend to propose some adjustments, such as applying the amendments to those who retired or those whose services ended before the implementation of the revised law.

Meanwhile, Health Affairs Committee Rapporteur MP Osama Al-Shaheen applauded efforts exerted by the Assembly during the last two sessions, which witnessed approval of the proposal to amend Public Authority for Food and Nutrition Law No. 112/2013 to allow the establishment of laboratories at land, sea and air ports; in addition to the central laboratory, for testing food products entering the country. He pointed out that since the initiative in 2008, Kuwait Municipality did not establish a new laboratory for the authority; indicating the authority has had only one laboratory since its establishment.

He disclosed the approved amendments include harsher penalties for those found guilty of importing spoiled or expired food products and disclosure of their identities in at least two daily newspapers once convicted. On the Right to Information Bill, Al-Shaheen revealed it was referred back to the Legislative and Legal Affairs Committee for further revision.

He affirmed the foundation of the bill is sound and it is based on a framework included in the Charter of the United Nations of 1945. He added that Kuwait has never had a law allowing citizens to access State documents, records or public ledgers; hoping this bill sees the light in the next parliamentary session

By Ahmed Al-Naqeeb Arab Times Staff

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