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Saudi Arabia to Impose New Recruitment Guidelines for Domestic Workers!

In spite of the uneasiness of some recruitment agencies, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development will push through the implementation of its new program — The Online Documentation of Labor Contracts on July 1, 2019.

Under the program, new contracts will be documented electronically through Musaned online service. This is mandatory for all companies and establishments who want to recruit foreign domestic workers. Contracts for the recruitment of domestic workers done outside the new program will be considered as invalid.

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Aside from this, it is reported that the ministry will impose a 30 percent fine on recruitment agencies that will not comply with the condition that domestic workers must arrive within 90 days after the contract is signed. It is also mandatory for offices and companies to accommodate domestic workers they have recruited within the contract period.

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“All recruitment offices must provide accommodation to the workers, especially since the objective of this decision is to protect domestic workers and save the expenses incurred by the state-owned accommodation facilities, which run into some SR50 million annually,” Hussein Al-Mutairi, Chairman of the Recruitment Committee at Asharqiya Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The sponsor or Kafeel will shoulder the accommodation fees of the domestic helper but not exceeding SR50 per day. However, the first day when the domestic worker arrives, it will be free of charge.

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The recruitment offices and companies are expected to provide new services in their accommodation facilities, which include giving clothes to domestic workers, aside from training courses. According to sources, there is a possibility that a new fine will rise to 7 percent. Recruitment offices have objected this decision and plan to appeal to the ministry.

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