Saudi Labor Law Amendments 2019

According to the Minister for Labor and Social Development, Ahmed Suleiman Al-Rajhi, the following are the amendments to Saudi labor law in 2019.

The new changes in regulation are preventing employers from keeping Iqama, passports or medical insurance cards for their workers.

A worker will lose his after-service benefits if he physically attacked one of his colleagues at work.


An employee will not be eligible for any after-service benefits if he verbally attacks their managers or superiors even electronically.

Employers will have to correct violations within 10 days, instead of the previous 30 days, and pay any fines imposed on them within 60 days instead of 15 days previously.

The ministry has warned violators that all the ministry’s services will be stopped until they clear the fines.

The amendments clarified situations where a worker may be fired without being paid his/her end-of-service benefits. These include absence from work for 15 consecutive days or 30 days intermittently during a contractual year.

A fine of SR 50,000 will be applied to those who are found involved in selling work visas or act as brokers in the sale of visas. The fine will be multiplied by the number of workers who took advantage of the visas.

According to the new regulations, a fine of SR 10,000 will be imposed on employers who allow a non-Saudi employee to work in a profession other than listed in his work permit.

Those who (Owners) provide incorrect information or data to the ministry in order to get any services or privileges or work visas from the ministry will be slapped with a fine of SR 25,000.

A fine of SR 3,000 will be imposed for non-payment of wages on the due dates.

There will be a fine of SR 10,000 when a firm fails to comply with the regulations with regard to allowing employees to avail of their scheduled vacation.