Minister for Labor and Social Development Ahmed Suleiman Al-Rajhi has announced a number of amendments to the labor law, the Saudi Gazette reported.

The new regulation is 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 attacked 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.

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