Labor and Employment

Labor and employment in Saudi has always been a complex one as the labor force is composed not only of local workers but also foreign ones. The laws and regulations in Saudi Arabia change rapidly and the compliance for employers can be a hassle and bother some. 

Just in late 2020 when Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development announced the proposed abolition of the foreign worker sponsorship system, also known as ‘kafala’, and replaced it with a new employment contract that will govern the relations of employers and employees.The end of the kafala system under the Kingdom’s new Labour Reform Initiative (LRI) will give expatriate workers freedom to secure exit and re-entry visas, receive the final passport exit stamp and gain employment in Saudi Arabia without the approval of a sponsor. To benefit from the new reforms, the expatriate worker must have completed one year with their current employer from when they first entered Saudi under a notarized employment contract.

How can we help? Mohammed Al-Muzayen Law Firm understands that Labor and employment law-related matters can range from simple to high complex, varying from one industry to another. Our  years of experience in labor standards and labor relations, enable us to give the most relevant advice by keeping updated on the ever-changing landscape of labor laws and regulations. In this regard, if you are an employer, we can advise you on the impact that this new reform might have on your business and if you are an employee, we can advise you on your rights and entitlements under this reform.

Aside from being an expert in labor related litigation, we are likewise experienced in negotiating, drafting, reviewing and documenting employment-related agreements. We aim to provide our clients practical, cost-effective and long-lasting legal solutions in making sure that labor disputes cases are legally compliant and cost – efficient.