Expats can challenge employers if ‘falsely’ reported absent

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Expat workers in Saudi Arabia can now challenge their employers if they have been reported absent at work, local media reported.

An initiative launched by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development allows expat workers to challenge a false report marking them absent from work.

This initiative by the ministry is aimed at preventing the misuse of the service offered to employers to report their workers absent.

This also ensures that the report about a worker’s absence from work is accurate. This initiative aims at creating a healthy work environment in which all parties know their rights and duties.

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Employers cannot avail of the ministry’s service to report employees absent from work if workers have filed a case against the employers.

The report about an employee’s absence from work will not be entertained if the worker’s iqama (residence permit) or work permit is expired. An employee can challenge his employer’s report marking him absent from work by a filing an objection plea at www.mlsd.gov.sa

Source: Saudi Gazette

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