The new legislation passed by lawmakers last week making runaway expat employees pay for their air tickets to fly back home was retracted yesterday. Shura Council has voted to take back the proposal it passed with the intention of studying it further.
Last week, the Shura council had finally approved the proposal, which aims to force runaway expat employees to pay for air tickets to fly back home. It had come despite reservations from the part of Labor 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 worker in these cases where the worker violated the contract without a legitimate reason,” the BCCI had previously stated this demand in its letter to the parliament.