NEW LAW MANDATES ELECTRONIC PAYMENT TO LABOURERS
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.