Domestic workers

Saudi Arabia clarifies rights of domestic workers

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Cairo: Saudi labor authorities have said that a domestic worker is entitled to one month of paid leave if he works for two years and agrees to renew the contract for a similar period.

The Human Resources Ministry added that the domestic worker is also entitled to 30 days of paid sick leave based on a medical report, the Okaz newspaper reported.

The domestic worker has the right to a daily rest of at least nine hours and to one day of rest per week on the basis of an agreement concluded by the two parties to the contract.

The ministry underlined the importance that the contract must specify the type of work that the domestic worker will have to do, the wages of the worker that the employer is obliged to pay as well as the rights and duties of both parties, the duration of the contract, its method of renewal and the trial period.

The employer has the right to terminate the contract on his own during the probationary period if the worker is found to be ineffective.

In addition, the contract expires in the event of the death of the employer or worker. If the employer’s family wishes to keep the domestic worker, they will need to check with the labor office, the ministry said.

Foreigners make up about 10.5 million of Saudi Arabia’s total population of 34.8 million.

In March, Saudi Arabia implemented significant labor reforms, allowing job mobility and regulating the issuance of exit and return visas for expatriate workers without employer approval.