Domestic workers

New decision on probation for domestic workers comes into effect: Ministry of Labor

Doha: The Ministry of Labor Affairs announced yesterday that the decision to extend the probationary period for domestic workers from three months to nine months will enter into force as of today January 8, pursuant to decision no. (21) of 2021 amending certain provisions of Decision No. (8) of 2005 regulating the conditions and procedures for authorizing the recruitment of domestic workers from abroad on behalf of third parties.

The ministry said in a statement that recruiting agencies are required to guarantee the employer a nine-month trial period for the domestic worker. In the first three months, the employer has the right to terminate the employment contract and to recover the full amount he has paid to the recruitment office, while the additional probationary period of six months the holder guarantees the return of the amount paid to him by the employer, less 15% of the total amount owed, for each month the worker spent with the employer during the additional probationary period, less any government charges incurred in one of the following cases: the worker refuses to work, the worker is absent or an illness with a chronic illness.

During this time, the employer’s right will also be lost if the employer assaults the worker and violates any of the conditions of the contract with the worker.

The Ministry of Labor pointed out that the Employment Department has held several consultative meetings with recruitment agencies during the past period, with the aim of presenting the provisions of the decision and its correct mechanisms for implementation to them. to guarantee the rights of employers to domestic workers in addition to the rights of recruitment agencies.

The Ministry of Labor added that new models of employment contracts for domestic workers have been prepared in accordance with the provisions of Decision No. 21 of 2021 amending certain provisions of Decision No. 8 of 2005 regulating the conditions and procedures of authorization to recruit foreign workers. for the others.

The new models have been distributed to recruitment offices so that the form of contracts between employers and recruitment offices is standardized.

The ministry said it will continue to take all measures, decisions and instructions that will safeguard the rights of employers to domestic workers in a way that relieves the burden on the family in Qatari society regarding obligations arising from breach of contracts. work or if the worker flees.

The ministry said it would closely monitor the implementation of obligations stipulated in the law, regulations and instructions, step up its inspection campaigns at recruitment offices and take legal action against it. anyone who violates laws and decisions, calling on all employers to report any breach of contract so that the relevant department of the Ministry of Labor can take the necessary action.