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Labour Law ensures rights of expatriate workforce

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The Labour Law 53/2023 issued through Royal Decree on Tuesday has ensured the safety of expatriate workers in the country through its various articles.


The law states that the employer may not keep the worker’s passport or private documents except with the worker’s written consent.


As per Article 10, a worker who is dismissed from work may submit his complaint to the competent authority within 30 days from the date of his notification of the decision, and it shall take the procedures stipulated in Article (9) of this law. The worker is entitled to an annual leave with comprehensive pay of not less than thirty days, which he enjoys according to the requirements of the work, and he may not take the leave before the expiry of at least six months from the date of joining the work with the employer.


The worker’s annual leaves may be combined according to the agreement between the two parties, and the non-Omani worker is entitled to a return air ticket to his country.


The worker is entitled to his comprehensive wage during the legally prescribed official holidays.


The employer may grant the worker, upon his request, a special leave without pay, provided that the worker, in this case, bears all contributions to the Social Protection Fund, including his percentage, the percentage of the employer and the government during the leave period.


The worker must take leave at least once every year and for a period of no less than 30 days.


The employer may pay the worker the basic wage for the days of annual leave that he did not take if the worker agrees in writing to that.


The worker is entitled to the comprehensive wage for his annual leave balance if his service ends before he exhausts it.


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