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Law-breaking employers to face legal measures - Min. Al-Sabeeh
May 5, 2014, 9:02 am

Minister of Social Affairs and Labor and Minister of State for Planning and Development Affairs, Hind Al-Sabeeh, said Sunday the public authority of manpower adopted punitive measures against employers involved in the so-called residency trade.

"The public authority's labor inspection division is battling to eradicate the phenomenon of residency trade and loose labor," she told reporters.

"Teams from the division have inspected a number of private institutions and offices which proved to be involved in attracting and employing foreign labor illegally.

"The concerned labor were found to be working in institutions other than those sanctioned by the Ministry of Commerce which means that they are redundant workers who are not needed by the labor market," the minister revealed.

Therefore, the employers were referred to the state investigations department for violating paragraph II of Article 10 of Act No. 6/2010 on work in the private sector.

Under Article 138 of the act they could face the penalty of imprisonment for up to three years or a fine of KD 1,000 to KD 5,000, or both penalties, she pointed out.

Al-Sabeeh added that the number of files registered is 2,469 involving 34 residency traders and 8,264 foreign workers; the entry permits of 3,325 workers have been cancelled.

"A criminal charge has been lodged to the Public Prosecutor against the 34 residency traders based on Article II of Act No. 91/2013 on the combat against human trade and illegal immigration.
"If proven guilty, the traders will be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 15 years," Al-Sabeeh added.

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