- The law was proposed by the ministry last July
- The new amendment is an amendment to the 2005 Labor Act
- The new decision took effect on Saturday
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The Labor Act of 2005 was amended to increase the probation period for domestic workers from three to nine months. The law was proposed by the ministry last July.
The amendment seeks to regulate the terms and procedures for licensing the recruitment of domestic workers from abroad and to ensure the protection of the rights of both employers and workers. The ministry explained in a statement that recruitment agencies are obliged to guarantee domestic workers a nine-month probationary period from their employer.
The employer has the right to terminate the employment contract within the first three months and to recover the full amount paid to the recruitment office. If the contract is terminated within the next six months of probation, the agency is liable to reimburse 15% of the total amount received from the employer. The employer can also charge for expenses incurred, including government fees.
The employer can terminate the contract even if the worker runs away, refuses to work or becomes ill during the new six-month probation period. At the same time, if the employer attacks the worker and violates any of the terms of the contract with the worker, the employer loses his rights.
The Ministry underlined that the Department of Labor has held several consultative meetings with recruitment agencies in the past with the objective of ensuring the rights of recruitment agencies, the rights of employers to domestic workers, and the introduction of conditions and proper mechanisms for its implementation.
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The Ministry added that some of the provisions of Resolution No. 8 of 2005 have been amended and new models for employment contracts of domestic workers have been prepared in line with the provisions of Decision No. 21 of 2021. New models have been distributed in recruitment offices to make the form of contracts between employers and recruitment offices exemplary.
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