NEW LAW MAN­DATES ELEC­TRONIC PAY­MENT TO LABOUR­ERS

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The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Ha­mad Al Thani is­sued Law No. 1 of 2015 last month, amend­ing some pro­vi­sions of the Labour Act No. 14 of 2004, mak­ing it bind­ing on em­ploy­ers to trans­fer each worker's salary to his or her ac­count at any of the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try.

The Emir also rat­i­fied Cabi­net De­ci­sion No. 8 of 2015, ex­tend­ing for one year the rent con­tracts for some lo­ca­tions and parts of lo­ca­tions rented for non-res­i­den­tial pur­poses, the of­fi­cial

said. Ar­ti­cle 2 of Law No. 1 of 2015 has re­placed Ar­ti­cle 66 of Law No. 14 of 2004 with a new text. It stip­u­lates that salary and other amounts due to the worker shall be paid in the Qatari cur­rency.

Re­mu­ner­a­tion of the work­ers ap­pointed on the ba­sis of an an­nual or monthly salary shall be paid at least once a month, while that of all the other work­ers shall be paid at least once ev­ery two weeks.

The em­ployer must trans­fer the re­mu­ner­a­tion to the bank ac­count of the worker at any of the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions in Qatar, in a way that al­lows the worker to with­draw it at the des­ig­nated time ac­cord­ing to the stip­u­la­tions of the law.

The em­ployer shall not be dis­charged from the re­spon­si­bil­ity of pay­ing the wage oth­er­wise.

A de­ci­sion re­gard­ing the reg­u­la­tion to pro­tect the re­mu­ner­a­tion of work­ers shall be is­sued by the Min­is­ter of Labour and So­cial Af­fairs. Vi­o­la­tors of the new law shall be pun­ished by a pri­son term of not more than a month and/or a fine not less than QR2,000 and not ex­ceed­ing QR6,000.

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