This will give an opportunity to hundreds of expatriates who are stuck in the country after being offered a job and brought to Kuwait on a visa in the name of a non-existent company and after that the files related to the worker were closed, to shift to a new company. Citing people related to the sector, Al-Qabas newspaper reported that the new decision of the Man Power Authority will give an opportunity to expatriates to file complaints against fake companies and take action on behalf of the companies.
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Meanwhile, in the first half of this year, 1314 labor law violations were found in 73 inspections conducted jointly by various agencies in the first half of this year, according to Bashayer Al Mutairi, the representative of the inspection department of the Public Manpower Authority. The inspection also found that more than 600 domestic workers are working in various private institutions. He said that these are either registered as absconders from the right sponsor or looking for work elsewhere with the knowledge of the sponsor. He added that 2,029 people were arrested for labor law violations during the raids.
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The Manpower Authority has also directed the owners of the establishments to update the information related to the companies in the Ministry. It should be ensured that the workers are given their full rights and that they do not work for other companies. A fine of 2000 dinars per worker will be levied by the company owner if workers on visas of closed and defunct companies are working elsewhere in Kuwait. Apart from that, it is an offense punishable with imprisonment of three years. The authorities have also warned that strong action will be taken against those who arrange work and accommodation for those who violate the employment and residence visas.
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