Brief Function of the Ministry of Justice in Saudi Arabia
The Ministry of Justice in Saudi Arabia has been taking care of and monitoring the works of the courts. It also supervises the judiciary and monitors the development of the work process. It also takes significant measures or submits to the relevant authorities any projects or proposals which definitely ensures the adequate level of justice in the kingdom. In line with the Saudi Vision 2030 set by the kingdom to achieve the greater efficiency and effectiveness in the overall economy, the Ministry has taken various initiatives recently included Saudi expats labor disputes and still are undertaking various steps for the betterment of the economic factors in the country.
Recent Announcement by the Ministry of Justice
According to the recent announcement by the Ministry of Justice came on Wednesday, October 31, 2018.
THE ENTIRE LABOR OFFICES ACROSS THE KINGDOM WILL HAVE A PERIOD OF 21 DAYS TO EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY SETTLE SAUDI EXPATS AND SAUDIS WORKERS LABOR DISPUTES. IN PARTICULAR, THIS IS ALSO A GOOD NEWS FOR ALL THE EXPATRIATE WORKERS LIVING IN SAUDI ARABIA.
For instance, Below are some example of Saudi expat & Saudi worker labor disputes cases between employee and employer.
According to Ministry of Justice, in case, if no settlement is reached in 21 days’ time period, the labor offices should submit the Saudi expats & Saudis workers labor disputes cases to the labor courts electronically. This provides an excellent opportunity to the expatriate workers to exercise this option to achieve the better resolution of their pending disputes and cases.
Categories of Labor Cases Classified by the Ministry of Justice
The Ministry of Justice has classified the labor cases into 3 categories which are listed below:
- Employee and Employer dispute
- Cases concerning domestic workers
- Complaints of both employees and employers against the decisions taken by GOSI related to the subscription, registration, and compensation.
1) Employee and Employer Dispute
- In case of employee and employer, either one of them needs to file a case with the competent relevant labor office in order to request an amicable settlement in accordance with the directives issued by the Council of Ministers.
a) In Case of Failure of Settlement Through Labor office
In the event of failure to reach a settlement within 21 days, the labor office needs to report electronically the dispute status to the labor court for taking necessary judicial procedures.
2) Cases Related to Saudi Workers
The complaint made by the Saudi workers shall be referred to a committee for reconciliation Within 5 days.
a) In Case of Failure of Settlement Through Committee
In the event of failure to reach a settlement within 21 days, the committee will pronounce its decision within 10 days.
There is a provision to appeal against the decision of the committee at the labor court electronically.
3) Complaints of both employees and employers against the decisions taken by GOSI
The complaints of workers and employers against the decisions of GOSI have to go through three phases. First, the employee or the employer has to file a case with the competent agency under GOSI. Then the clients can appeal the decision of the agency to GOSI.
a) In Case of Failure of Settlement Through Labor Office
If the appeal is overturned, the employee or employer can approach the labor court.
The above mentioned amendments in the resolution of pending disputes will provide the Saudi expat workers as well, the speedy relieve great pleasure along with the satisfaction.
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Source: Saudi Gazette