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New set of regulations for work permits in civil, oil sectors

Women allowed to work at night in some places

KUWAIT CITY, May 9: Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has adopted a new set of regulation constituting 46 articles, which specifies the procedure of granting work permits in civil and oil sectors.

The new set of regulation states that work permit for illegal residents (Bedoun) is for one year and renewable, while juveniles from both sexes attaining age 15 could be employed in specific places under certain conditions.

However, the category will not be hired in places that use lead, as well as arsenic and petrochemical industries.

The new regulation allows women to work at night in hotels, law firms, entertainment parks, airlines, health, and oil sectors.

It also permits them to work until 12 pm at banks, restaurants, public benefit organizations, educational institutions, beauty salons, and tourist offices.

The working woman is entitled to a four-month leave with full pay at the time of her husband’s death.

She is also given two hours to breastfeed during working hours, while men are not allowed to work in shops that sell women’s clothing, women’s beauty salons and health institutes.

The regulation approves the issuance of work permit for non-Kuwaiti partners in Kuwaiti companies, as partners. It also prevents employers in civil and oil sectors from retaining the passports of their employees. It also permits employers to cancel the work permits of imprisoned or absentee workers.

In case of absenteeism, workers will bear the cost of returning to their home countries after the employer reports him/her as absconding.

The employer’s file will be temporarily or permanently closed if fraud, cheating and forgery are confirmed in statements, indicating employers must declare the absentee notice against an absent worker until the validity of the report has been determined.

The validity of work permit could be maximum 3 years. Renewal of six months may be requested before the expiry date, on condition that the signatory is a Kuwaiti or a citizen of the GCC countries, and the non-Kuwaiti partner signs the renewal of his own work permit.

The regulation authorizes non-Kuwaiti signatory for the activities of foreign investors at the Free Trade Zone in addition to foreign investors engaged in economic activities under Private Sector Law to encourage direct investment in Kuwait.

Employers shall provide a bank guarantee for the number of workers required for the implementation of projects and submit a letter from the government agency about the number of employers and duration of contract, and also register the contract with the relevant administration.

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