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New regulations for work permits

The Public Authority for Manpower (PAM) has adopted a new set of regulations that specifies procedure for granting work permits in civil and oil sectors.

The new regulation stipulates that work permits for illegal residents will be for one year and renewable, while juveniles from both sexes of age 15 could be employed in specific places under certain conditions. But, they will not be hired in places that use lead, arsenic and petrochemical industries.

The new regulation permits women to work in night shifts at hotels, airlines, health and oil sectors, law firms and entertainment parks. It also allows them to work until 12pm at restaurants, banks, educational institutions, public benefit organisations, beauty salons and tourist offices.

Working women are allowed a four-month leave with full pay in case of demise of her husband. She is also given two hours to breastfeed her infant during working hours. Men are not allowed to work in shops that sell women’s clothing, beauty salons and health institutes.

The new regulation approves issuance of work permit for non-Kuwaiti partners in Kuwaiti companies. It prevents employers in civil and oil sectors from retaining passports of their employees. It grants employers permission to cancel permits of imprisoned and absentee workers. In case of absenteeism, the workers will have to bear the cost of return fare to their home countries, once the employer reports them as absconding.

The validity of a work permit may be 3 years. Renewal of six months may be requested prior to expiry date, provided, the signatory is a Kuwaiti or a national of GCC countries, and the non-Kuwaiti partner signs the renewal of his own work permit.

Employers are also required to provide a bank guarantee for the workers hired for implementation of projects, and they have to produce a letter from the government agency about the number of employers, duration of contract etc., and register the contract with relevant administration.

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