Employee Will Now Get 5 Days Off Without Pay Cut On His Close Relative’s Death

The Saudi Ministry of Manpower and Social Welfare has given employees of companies and institutions the right to a five-day leave with pay on the death of close relatives such as wives and parents. 

A worker had asked the Ministry of Manpower, “Will the employee get to leave on the death of a brother or sister?” 

Responding to a question on Twitter, the Ministry of Manpower said, “If an employee’s wife or one of his closest relatives dies, the worker has the right to five days off, including pay.” ۔

According to the ministry, ” Entitled under section 113 of the labor law, in case of death of a brother or sister, the absence of employee will not consider as leave and the employer will pay full salary without any deduction.” 

Which Relatives Include In The Primary Relative List?

The Ministry of Manpower has clarified that the primary relatives include

  1. Father
  2. Mother
  3. Grandfather
  4. Grandmother
  5. Grandparents
  6. Grandmothers
  7. Sons
  8. Daughters
  9. Grandsons
  10. Granddaughters
  11. Great-grandchildren.

Ministry Of Manpower And Social Affairs Deciding To Impose Two Days Off A Week For Private Companies Employees

In Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Manpower and Social Welfare has said that the ministry has not yet decided to take two days off a week for employees of private companies.

According to the Al-Marsad website, the Ministry of Manpower said that if the ministry decides, it will announce the decision on its official website.

The ministry issued the explanatory statement in response to inquiries that “reports are circulating on social media that workers in private companies have been given two days off a week.”

The Ministry of Manpower is an explanatory statement that denied the news circulating on social media.

How Will A Worker Get Salary On Annual Leaves?

The Ministry of Manpower and Social Welfare has said that the entire salary will get paid during the annual leave, including all allowances. 

A person from the Ministry of Manpower had asked, “Will the transport allowance get taken into account in the calculation of annual leave, or will it be sufficient only in the calculation of basic salary and house allowance?” 

Responding to a question from the Ministry of Manpower, he said that the annual leave pay is calculated according to the actual wages, including all allowances.

What Are The Daily And Weekly Working Hours?

The Ministry of Manpower clarified that no employee can be charged more than 8 hours a day while on duty daily and if the duty is weekly. In total, no employer can take more than 48 hours of duty from the employee. 

 The ministry says it is the responsibility of employers to chart their duties in terms of working hours and rest breaks.

There should be a break of at least half an hour for rest or prayers and meals during duty.

Under no circumstances can a worker be kept on duty for more than twelve hours in a single place. Employees should get prayers, meals, and rest breaks during working hours. The employer cannot force the employee to stay in the office during this time. 

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