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2011 Royal Decree No. 1131 Amendments to some Labour Law Provisions LabourLaw: (1) CJause of First: The followingarticles the abovementioned
(51) ClauseNo.3, (53)' (61), No.12, (1) Oause No. 1.3,(28) Fint Paragraph, (68), (70), (71), Q2) davse No. s, (73), (81), (83) & (106) founh clauseshall be replaced as follows: Article No. (1) Clause No. 12: The Basic Salary: It is the cash pa)trnent irgreed upon between the employee and the emplo Wr 1n the emplo)rment contract in addition to the periodic bomrs.

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to Gross Salary: It is the basicsalaryin addition to all othcr bonusesagreed of in be paid to the emplo;ree consideration his/her work Article No. (28) First Clause: In casean employer recruits fifteen or more emplolees, the work regulation must be postcd in a conspicuous place at the establishment after bcing approved by the Ministry Such regulation must contain the nrles regulating the work ar the establishment,the rights and drrties of both the employee and rhe emplopr, the rules regulating the relationship berweenthe empioyee and fus/her colleagues and seniors, the provisions of promoting the bonusesand allowancesof all r;pes and of emplo1ee,the categories salaries, when and where they are paid. Article No. (51) Clause No. 3: 3- In casesother than those mentioned previously,the enrployeesshall be paid their salaries once a week Flowever, such salaries may be paid to employeesonce a rime each fortnight or monthl)'if they agreein writing on the rhe same.In all cases, salaryshall be paid within 7 daysas from the end
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of the period coffespondirg to such paynents. Subject to a dccision made at bythe Minister, salaries may be paid to the empnoyees the establishmcnts that are governed by the provisions of this law prior to their respective maturitydates on the occasion of public and national holiday;. Article No. (53) An emplo;,er cannot be discharged from the pa;,anent of the emplolrees' salaries r-mlesssuch salaries are transferred to their bank accounts with one of the accredited local banlis. The exemptions from transferring the emplolees'salaries to their respective bank accounts are subject to a decision made by the Minister. Article No. (61) An employee is endtled to a full-payment annwrl leave for a minimum o1: *nrty d")u. An employee may avail himself/herseH of his/here leave subject to work requirements. An emplol'ee may not avail himself/ herseH of the regular leave prior to the lapse of a minimum of six months as from the date he/ she joins work with the ernplopr. An emplolee is entitled to a full-pay'rnent emergency leave for six dala around the year in emergencies. A decision shall be made by the Minister orgaruzing the emplolees' emergency leave. An employee m y not waive ltts/her leave.

Article No. (68) An emplolee maynot be askedto work for more than nine hours per day
and for a maximum of 45 hours per week provided that a break of at least hal| an hour is included in such working hours to have lunch and take rest. During the holy month of Ramadan, the working hours shall be for a maximum of six hours per day or 3Q hours per week as for Muslim The working hours m ybe determinedbya decision madebythe employees. Minister.

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Article No. (20): An employee may be asked to work for additional hours exceeding the working hours stipulated in Arcicle No. (68) subject to work requirements. The total original and additional working hours may not exceed twelve (12) hours per day. The employer shall give the employee an additional salary proportionate to his/her basic salary calculated based on the additional working hours ph-rsa minirnum of 25o/ofor the diurnal working hours and for 5Oo/o the nocturnal working hours, or shall give him,/her a permission to be absent from work for a period of time equivalent to such additionai working hours, provided to obtain the emplo)ree's written consent on the additional work and the palzment in its consideration. As for doing work in pons or ailpons, or onboard ships or vesselsor on ailplanes, the employer shall agree with the emplolae on the paynent of a instead of the additional salary on c,:ndition of obtaining the levant_ app{qval. -,44djFtednuste r' inaTacrd any othe r similaf minis tqy'q qg bomx
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Article No. (21): An employer shall give the emplolree a weekend of a rninimurn of two consecutive dala following five consecutiveworking d")o. As for the places or works determined by a decision made by the minister, the emplolae's weekends accrued for a period of madmum of eight weeks may be consolidated in case so doing is agreed upon in writing berween the the emplope and the emplopr.In all cases, weekendshall be fullypaid. Article No. (22) Clause No. 5:
5- Seasonalworls that are determined bva decisic,nmade bythe minister.

Anicle No. (23): In the casesprovided for in Article No. (22), an employer shall give the calculated to emplolee an additionalsalaryproportionate his/her basic salary based on the additional working houn plus a minimum of 25"/ofor the
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for diurnal working hours and 5Oo/o the nocturnal working hours. If such work is carried out during a weekend or a public holiday, the pa1'rrrentfor the same shall be doubled, unless another day is given instead in c.ahoots with the emplolae. Article No. (81): \)Tornen may not be asked to work during the period frorn 09:00pm to except in the cases,works and occasions determined by a decision 06:0Oarn, made by the minister. Article No. (83): The working wornan shall be given a full-payrnent special leave covering the pre and post-natal period for a period of filty d")o for a maximum of three times during her tenure of senrice with the same emploler. Article No. (106) Clause 4: If it is proved that an employee's dismissalis arbitral or in breach of [aw, the comperent court shall order to return such an employee to his,/her wotk or order the emplopr to payto such an emplolree a minimum of three-monthcompensation calculated on the employee's last gross salary,with due saLary observance to the emplolee's conditions and his/her tenure of service, in addition to: 1- An end of service gratulqy and all other benefits provided for by law or his/her employment contract; whichever is higher. 2- The basic salary along vdth other bonuses due for the notice period as provided forbylaw or his/her employrnent contract; whichever is higher. Second: The labour law: following articles are added to the abovementioned

Article No. (10) biss: The Minister shall make a decision on the procedures and controls governing the private sector establishments which are in breach of the provisions of the Labour Law and its regulating decisionsPrc11989
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A New Patagnph to Article No. (18) biss: A decision made bythe minister shall determine the controls and procedures to be abide by the emplopr in relation to repofting on non-Omani emplopes who happens to quit work, and the penalties resuiting from breaching such a decision. Clause No. 4 added to Article No.(19): 4-The professions and works for which the licence for bringing non-Omani

laboursis tempo raiily suspended.


Article No. (a8) biss: The national employees who used to work at a project shall be recruited by the emplopr who becomes paftidr7yor totally in charge of the same project and in consideration for the same previous financial benefits as iong as thc same work is still underway.

Article No. (50) biss:


The minister shall make a decision determining the minirnum amount of the of periodic bonus and the proceduresand conditions of the pa1'rnent the same. Article No. (114)biss:
Any employer who happens not to abide by the required omanisation percentage shall be punished with a fine of a minirnum of RO 250/- (Omani Rials Two Hr:ndred and Fifry O"Iy) and a maximum of RO 5OO/- (Rials Omani Five Hundred O"ty) for each Omani employee required to be recruited. The emplo;rer shall abide by the correct omanisation percentage

such a breach.The penalry within six months as from the date of discovering,
shall be doubled if such a reach is repeated. Whosoever happens to be in breach of the provisions of Article No (20)
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and the decisions related to the conditions of l-icenceshall be liable to imprisonment f.or a maximum of one month and the payrnent of a fine of a minirnum of RO 5OO/- (Rials Omani Fivc Hundred O"ly) and a maximum of RO LOAO/ (Rials Omani One Thousand O"l, or to any of these two penalties, in addition to the cancellation of licence or suspending it for a minimum of one vear. Third: The fourth and fifth paragraphs of Article No. (114) of the

abovementioned Labour Law shall be cancelled.

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Labour [-aw amendmentsinetude


5-day week, 30-day annual leave
MUSCAT The recent amendments to the l-abour Lawtakes intcr consideration the interests of all stakeholders, the government, employers and employeeE and it is aimed at,improving industrial relatiorus and prod uctivi!2, according to Manpower Minister HE SheiikhAbdultah Bin Nasser Al Bakri. He said the amendments are aimed at developing the labo.ur market. The new rules will improve rvorking-conditions in the private sector..Theprovisions of the amendments include: O Two weekly off days O Payment of salary within 7 days from thc,end of each payment period Please turn to Page 14

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Contilued from Page 1 @ The manpower minister may decidc the piayrnent date at an earlier date in case of official and national holidays G The ernployer has to transfer salaries to local banks C Workers will have not less than 30 clays paid leave, 6 days ernergency leave with full salary in case of emergcncies O Working hours will not be more than t hours per day and a maxirnurn of 45 hor-irs a rryeekwith at least half an hour break lc Work can put in extra hor;rs if the need arises, if basic work hours and over time hours are not rnore than 12 hor-rrsper day O The worker will get the basic salary for the trou4, plus 25 per cent at least fbr the working hours cluring day time S Irr workplar:es with more ihan 15 employees, the employer shotrld place the labourbylaw in a notable place, after being approved by the ministry This bylaw will detail the rights and obligations of the employee and employers, the rules of rvor:kplace, promotion, .salary and allowances, the payment clates of the same. {e The arnendments regularise lhe working of women in evening shifts ancl giring them 50 days paid leave, pre ancl post maternity, subject that the leave is given not

more than three times during the serwice period The amendments include decisions related to regulalising the labour rnarkeL including notification on run-away expatriate worker& the penalties for this, the- minimum allowance that should be given to a worker and the procedrrres and r:eqtrirernents for the same.