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Tougher rules for firms hiring foreign workers
February 17, 2014, 9:49 am
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The Labor Department in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labor recently laid down stricter regulations on granting permits for companies to recruit workers from outside based on their actual manpower needs as stated in their files.

According to reliable sources, the new regulations stipulate that the companies or establishments should be existing and are operating with valid licenses. The employers must pay the salaries of their workers monthly, while there should be no serious violations recorded against them. Work permits will not be issued unless the employees complete the 90-day probation period. The workers should present police clearance from their countries, as well as medical certificates to prove they are fit for work, before entering Kuwait, sources added.

Sources confirmed the new regulations stipulate harsher penalties for employers who recruit workers from outside without providing them jobs. Sources clarified whoever hires workers from outside and leaves them wandering about without jobs will have their licenses revoked, their companies or establishments will be shut down, and they will no longer be allowed to obtain a new license under their names or their first-degree relatives.

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