A four-member committee should be formed for action
Executive orders as part of the country’s labor discipline law stipulate that strict rules must be followed before dismissal action can be taken against a worker as part of disciplinary action. One of the proposals is to set up a special inquiry committee to look into complaints against workers. A four-member committee, including the chairman, should be formed for this. One of them should be a representative from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development. The committee is tasked with discussing allegations and disciplinary action against employees.
It cannot be dissolved without a unanimous decision
The committee may meet directly or online to discuss these matters. Prior to joining the meeting, the worker must be notified of the allegations against him. The worker should be given an opportunity to present what he has to say about this before the committee. The committee should meet within three months of the recommendation of disciplinary action against the employee and submit the committee’s recommendation to the Ministry. Only then will a final decision be made. The new order also suggests that the entire staff of the four-member committee must take a unanimous decision on whether to dismiss the worker. The new reply also states that the employee cannot be dismissed if any member of the committee disagrees with the dismissal action against the employee.
Minister approves new proposals
Another provision of the order is that the employee shall have the right to file an appeal against the action of the Committee. The new law was approved by the Cabinet in September 2021. New executive orders have been issued in this regard. According to local media reports, these have been approved by Human Resources and Social Development Minister Ahmed Al Rajihi. The Labor Disciplinary Act, approved by the Cabinet, sets out the procedures to be followed before prosecuting an employee for a disciplinary violation.
Major changes in employment in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia last year introduced new labor law reforms that have led to major changes in the private sector. The reforms include the possibility of expatriates being transferred from their current job to another job subject to conditions without the permission of the sponsor. The labor reforms implemented under the name of Labor Reform Initiative as part of the National Transformation Program are a great boon to millions of expatriates across the country. The abolition of the sponsorship (kafala) system, which had existed in the country for more than 70 years, was also a major change. Last month, the Department of Labor ordered that contracts between workers and companies, including those in the country’s private sector, be made online within six months.
It aims to ensure that workers’ rights are protected and that disputes between employer and employee are minimized.