In an effort to ensure implementation of the newly introduced labor laws and regulations aimed at increasing female participation in the workforce, the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development approved this week new amendments to the Executive Regulations under Saudi Arabia's Labor Laws. These amendments consist of a new list of violations and penalties aimed at protecting women, improving the labor market, and bolstering the business environment.
Violations include, but are not limited to:
- Force new mothers from returning to work during maternity leave.
- Failure to provide enough space and privacy for female employees, at non-client based jobs.
- Failure to form a committee to investigate cases of abuse at work.
- Failure to provide adequate work space for female workers, prayer rooms, break rooms, and restroom facilities.
- Employ workers without a written employment contract.
- Discriminate against a job applicant and prohibit equal opportunity.
- Failure to investigate workplace behavior within five working days of receiving a complaint, or failure to impose disciplinary actions against persons who commit behavioral violations upon completion of an investigation by a committee within 30 days after conviction.
For additional information on the latest amendments to laws and regulations that affect the ability of women to work and travel, please visit the following link: https://www.saudiembassy.net/fact-sheets/saudi-arabia%E2%80%99s-reforms-and-programs-empower-women