Bahrain: Runaway Expats Should Pay for Air Tickets

Runaway expat employees must pay for their air tickets to fly home.
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A new legislation was passed by the lawmakers yesterday. Now, runaway expat employees will have to pay for their air tickets to fly home. 

The decision was made during the Shura Council’s session, which was held yesterday. After long back and forth discussions between the Parliament and Shura Council, Shura finally approved the proposal, which aims to force runaway employees to pay for air tickets to fly home. 

The move came despite reservations from the part of the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA). The Bahrain Chamber of Commerce and Industry (BCCI) had previously expressed its support for the proposal. “It is unreasonable for the employer to have to bear the cost of sending workers in these cases, where the worker violated the contract without a legitimate reason,” the chamber said in a statement issued. 

The BCCI had previously stated this demand in its letter to the parliament. The MPs argued that employers should not have to pay the amount when the employee violates the contract. The House passed the proposal in this regard, adding a paragraph to Article (27) of Law No (19) of 2006 on the regulation of the labor market. Speaking at the Parliament, MP Ahmed Al Ansari said: “The worker is responsible for his actions from the moment he decides to violate the contract and run away. In this situation, the employers’ rights must be taken into account. “The employer must not suffer the consequences of the workers’ actions.” 

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