Job Change: QC, Ministry stress need to protect interests of all parties
November 22 2020 09:00 PM
Officials of the Qatar Chamber and MADLSA during the meeting to discuss businessmen’s demands and gr
Officials of the Qatar Chamber and MADLSA during the meeting to discuss businessmen’s demands and grievances on amendments to the labour law.

Qatar Chamber on Sunday hosted a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) to review businessmen's concerns and views on the impact of the recent labour law amendments on the private sector.
During the meeting, the Chamber reviewed observations and suggestions of businessmen, in light of the newly issued labour amendments, which allow workers to change jobs in the private sector.
The Chamber also submitted several proposals to MADLSA to be included in the procedures pertaining to the affairs of labour and labourers in a way that protects the interests of all parties – employers, companies and workers.
During the discussions, it was agreed to enhance co-ordination between the Chamber and the Ministry through their joint committees to discuss all issues related to labour and workers. It was also agreed that joint committees shall hold regular meetings, through which both sides will join hands to solve all obstacles to ensure there is no harm to companies, employers or workers, in a way that safeguards the rights of all parties.
Chairman of Qatar Chamber Sheikh Khalifa bin Jassim al-Thani stressed the need for strengthening continuous co-ordination between the Chamber and the Ministry to discuss the Chamber's proposals and the observations it received from business sectors on the labour laws and legislation.
Sheikh Khalifa praised the Ministry's constant response with the Chamber's call to discuss all private sector issues pertaining to the Ministry's competencies.
Sheikh Khalifa stressed that the Chamber will continue to discuss claims and grievances of employers with the Ministry regarding amendments to labour laws, and will continue to coordinate with the Ministry to ensure the rights of all parties.
For his part, Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs at MADLSA, Mohamed Hassan al-Obaidli confirmed the Ministry's full support for the private sector and stressed its concern that the implementation of the new laws will save the rights of all parties.
He added that the Ministry will not accept any damages to Qatari employers and companies, and it is committed to applying rules and procedures on changing jobs between companies, noting that the Ministry highly welcomes the co-ordination with the Chamber on employers' claims and grievances about the movement of labourers.

According to reports carried in the local Arabic media, some businessmen had expressed concern about the new law that allowed expatriate workers to change jobs without having to first obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the employer. Though it is not necessary to get the NOC, a worker who wants to take up a job with a new employer has to notify his employer through the electronic notification system of the MADLSA. A notice period of one month is needed, if the em-ployee has been in the job for two years or less and if more, then two-month notice should be given. Some of the other steps that the worker has to take include submitting of documents like the job contracts with the present and future employers.The new employer should initiate the electronic employment contract on MADLSA’s Digital Authentication System. The new employer should print out the employment contract and discuss and sign it with the worker.When the contract is authenticated, the new employer should submit a re-quest for a new QID to the Ministry of Interior. Upon completion of the procedures, the worker will be able to start the new job. The worker should receive his/her new Qatari ID card (QID) and health card from the new employer.

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