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Saudi Arabia has introduced a new penalty system imposing a fine of SR10,000 for each worker who escapes during inspections at workplaces employing illegal laborers. The penalty system, set to take effect on the coming Sunday, aims to address violations related to illicit labor and workplace breaches. According to the Saudi Ministry of Municipal and Village Affairs, such violations are considered grave. They will result in a significant fine per escaping worker, along with a 14-day shutdown of the workplace. The fine increases if the offense is repeated. The penalty system is part of broader efforts by Saudi authorities to regulate the labor market and curb illegal foreign employment.
Fine for Escaping Laborers:
Workplaces found employing illegal laborers will face a fine of SR10,000 for each worker who escapes during an inspection. This is considered a severe violation; no initial warning will be issued. In addition to the fine, the workplace will be shut down for 14 days.
Repetition of Violation:
If the violation is repeated, the fine for each escaping worker is expected to double. Repetition indicates a persistent non-compliance with regulations.
Other Grave Violations:
The penalty system addresses other grave violations, including removing closure notices, reopening establishments without official approval, and denying inspectors access to workplace areas. Fines for these violations range from SR10,000 to SR40,000.
National Crackdown on Illegal Foreigners:
Introducing this penalty system is part of Saudi Arabia’s broader crackdown on illegal foreigners. In recent months, authorities have intensified efforts to enforce labor laws and regulations, arresting thousands of violators.
Saudi Arabia implemented significant labor reforms in late 2020 to regulate the labor market and provide more flexibility for expatriate workers. The reforms allowed job mobility and handled exit and re-entry visa issuance without employers’ approval.
The penalty system reflects efforts by Saudi authorities to ensure compliance with labor laws and maintain the integrity of the labor market. It also underscores the commitment to creating a regulated and lawful environment for workers and employers.
Saudi Arabia’s implementation of a penalty system for labor violations, particularly related to illegal workers escaping during inspections, signals a commitment to strengthening labor market regulations. The fines imposed are intended to serve as deterrents and encourage workplaces to comply with legal requirements. This move aligns with broader efforts to reform and regulate the labor market, providing a more transparent and lawful environment for workers and businesses.
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