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2,988 applications received via 'labor advisor' service: ministry says,988 applications received via 'labor advisor' service: ministry says<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">2,988 applications received via 'labor advisor' service: ministry says</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development announced that a total of 2,988 requests from customers have been received through 'The Labor Advisor' service, out of them 2,810 inquiries handled in October.</p><p>The ministry said that all requests have been responded and processed by legal advisors, aiming to spread awareness among all labor parties about the labor law and its amendments that regulate the labor market.</p><p>According to the latest statistics released by the ministry, the legal advisors have so far received 6,882 inquires in Arabic and another 102 in English as 987 Saudi citizens and 974 residents used the service.</p><p>Customers made most inquiries related to termination of employment contract with 26 percent of the total received requests, employment contract with 18 percent, vacations with 18 percent, working hours with 16 percent and end of service award with 12 percent.</p><p>The service provides direct dealing with an array of labor issues as well as legal advice for employers, workers and stakeholders in the labor market as the Labor Education website allows them to submit their applications online in both Arabic and English.  </p><p> </p><p>Previously, the ministry launched 'The Labor Advisor' to offer customers a platform to send their inquiries and questions to a group of legal advisors who are assigned to answer them online via <a href=""></a>  </p><p> </p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1370
'OSH champions' award' targets construction, industrial and commercial sectors, MLSD says'OSH champions' award' targets construction, industrial and commercial sectors, MLSD says<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteForeColor-6"><strong>'</strong><strong>OSH champions' award' targets construction, industrial and commercial sectors, MLSD says</strong></span></p><p> <br> The Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) said 'The OSH Champions Award' targets three sectors of activity including construction, industry and commerce given latest statistics showing high rates of injuries and work accidents in the last three years. </p><p> </p><p>The ministry explained that the award is in recognition of best practices in occupational safety and health (OSH) in these specific sectors so as to raise awareness among employers and workers about the importance of taking measures to protect workers from accidents and illness at work.</p><p> </p><p>Meanwhile, the ministry sets 'three rules'  in order to participate in the OSH award including the establishment should be operating under the labor market in the last two consecutive years (2015-2016) with workforce of not less than 500 workers employed in 2016 and not being sued at court or undergone interrogation.</p><p> </p><p>The  launching of the award aims to install the principle of safety and health in the private establishments as part of the ministry's priorities to achieve stable workforce, attract workers, raise work performance and ensure workers' safety and health as well as maintain property and workplace environment, added the ministry.  </p><p> </p><p>Dr. Mohammed Al-Faleh, assistant deputy minister for inspection and development of work environment at the ministry, the establishments will get the finals according to their benchmarking measures records and then the evaluation of their performance in the line with global best practices in OSH.</p><p> </p><p>Additionally, they will be rated according to five factors including their OSH records, the commitment of senior management with workplace health and safety, strength and quality of OSH management system at work, the existence of reporting and communication channels and guidance and education programs.  </p><p> </p><p>Al-Faleh emphasized the initiative encourages establishments to adopt related practices and recognize those who show their commitment to OSH measures as the ministry's role focuses on the development of work environment along with exerting efforts to spread awareness of workplace health and safety, contributing to work performance and the wellbeing of workers. </p><p> </p><p>According to the ministry, employers can submit their application via e-mail (<a href=""></a>) till January 31<sup>st</sup> as the announcement ceremony of the champions is expected to be by the end of February 2017. </p><p> </p><p>The establishments can review terms and conditions and criteria involving to evaluate contestants through the award page of the website (<a href=""></a>), in addition to filling out application and sending it to the OSH champions' email.   </p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1375
Yemeni brothers can be legally authorized to work via 'Ajeer' portal, MLSD says brothers can be legally authorized to work via 'Ajeer' portal, MLSD says<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Yemeni brothers can be legally authorized to work via 'Ajeer' portal, MLSD says </strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6"><br></strong></p><p>As the leadership's keenness to provide support to Yemeni people given the critical condition of their country, the Ministry of Labor and Social Development allow those with visit passes to obtain 'work authorization' documents via the <em>Ajeer</em> (hiring)  business services portal (<a href="file:///C:/Users/k.alusaimi/Desktop/"></a>).</p><p>Khaled Abalkhail, spokesman for the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, the work authorization is deemed as legal documentation that governs the contractual relationship between the expatriate visitor and the establishment.</p><p> </p><p>The work authorization document acts as work permits, turning Yemeni brothers who hold visit passes to legal residents, added Abalkhail.</p><p> </p><p>Abalkhail said the service is exclusive to the establishment that should be registered in the database of the ministry with valid status and fall into the medium green range and above in the Nitaqat program, providing that the employment of the Yemeni brother would not lead to lower its range as part of the Saudization rate.</p><p> </p><p>When the work authorization document is issued for the Yemeni brother to work in the establishment, the Saudization rate will be deducted as a result during the period of authorization, elaborated Abalkhail. </p><p> </p><p>Abalkhail added the establishment must register the contracted Yemeni visitor with the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI) in the category of occupational dangers.</p><p> </p><p>Abalkhail said that Yemeni male visitor must be aged 18-60 in order to get the temporary work permit and hold a valid visitor card issued by the General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) along with an official passport from the legitimate Yemeni government.</p><p> </p><p>The passport information for the Yemeni visitor should be registered along with his border file at the Jawazat, Abalkhail said as well. </p><p> </p><p>Abalkhail urged the Yemeni brothers to utilize the service and follow the instructions through visiting the before-mentioned portal.</p><p> </p><p>He said they can contact the Ajeer's customer service No. (920002866) or the MLSD uniform customer service No. (19911) if they have any inquiry on the e-portal. </p><p> </p><p>It is noteworthy that the ministry has unveiled the hiring portal with the aim of helping establishments to overcome shortage of expat workers in different sectors, in addition to regulating and documenting the work of expats outside their country.</p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1381
Inspectors conduct around 14,000 visits to enforce Saudization rule conduct around 14,000 visits to enforce Saudization rule<p>​</p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Inspectors conduct around 14,000 visits to enforce Saudization rule </strong></p><p>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has conducted 14,025 inspection field visits to a number of telecom complexes across various regions of the Kingdom, ensuring the employment of Saudi nationals in shops selling mobile phones and accessories along with repair outlets is being observed.</p><p>An array of inspection teams have referred 1,671 out of 1,833 violations to the sanction committee, closed down 1,146 shops and warned another 162 if they continue to ignore the Saudization directive that requires 100 percent of jobs to be reserved for Saudis.</p><p>Dr. Mohammed Al-Faleh, assistant deputy minister for inspection and development of work environment at the ministry, emphasized that the ministry along with the Ministries of Interior, Commerce and Investment, Rural and Municipal Affairs and Communication and IT has pledged to penalize those who violate the directive aiming to generate hundreds of job opportunities.</p><p>The inspections raids will not lose momentum to implement the ministerial directive, which is playing an effective role to replace expatriate workers with Saudi nationals in cell-phones shops with repair and accessories outlets, Al-Faleh said.</p><p>Meanwhile, a total of 12,482 establishments have complied with the directive during the period from the staring date of the second phase of the enforcement (Oct. 2<sup>nd</sup>) till Dec. 20th.  </p><p>The MLSD urges stakeholders to report establishments or workers being in violations of the nationalization directive through downloading the Ma3an Lil Rasd app or contacting the uniform customer service No. 19911.</p><p>All reports would be handled with prompt action as part of the ministry's unswerving efforts to improve and regulate the work environment of the labor market.<br> <br></p><p>​ </p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1363
MLSD penalizes an establishment over posting 'non-Saudi job ad' penalizes an establishment over posting 'non-Saudi job ad'<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">MLSD penalizes an establishment over posting 'non-Saudi job ad'</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong> </strong></p><p>Khaled Abalkhail, spokesman of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, said that labor inspectors investigated over posting some senior-executive job ad that required an Arab national other than a Saudi national to work in Riyadh, which has been recently circulated on social media outlets.</p><p> </p><p>The establishment that published the ad was visited by the inspectors of the ministry's branch in Riaydh who looked into the case and detected a violation, leading to take legal measures against the violated establishment, explained Abalkhail. </p><p> </p><p>The spokesman has urged customers and Saudi citizens to report violations relating to the labor market through downloading the 'Ma3an Lil Rasd' or contacting the customer service No. 19911.</p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1360
Building joint partnerships between nonprofit and private sectors to offer utmost services for PwD: ministry stresses joint partnerships between nonprofit and private sectors to offer utmost services for PwD: ministry stresses<p>​</p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Building joint partnerships between nonprofit and private sectors to offer utmost services for PwD: ministry stresses</strong></p><p> </p><p>AbdulHakaim Al-Sharani, deputy minister for social care and family at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, emphasized the importance of dispensing better services for persons with disabilities, pointing out the ministry is focusing on building strong partnerships between the nonprofit and private sectors.</p><p> </p><p>Al-Sharani visited the Human Development Center in the Izdehar neighborhood in the north of Riyadh and commended the offered services and programs as well as insisted on the need to exert more efforts amid challenges to improve the health status of PwD in order to assure their families about the undertaken services.</p><p> </p><p>Such visits reinforce supervision over MLSD-affiliated daycare centers which are considered as partners to serve a large number of PwD across the Kingdom in the line of Saudi Vision 2030 as well as offer rehabilitation aid to them by specialists, explained Al-Sharani. </p><p> </p><p>During the visit, Al-Sharani oversaw the services provided for people with disabilities, in addition to listening to the center's staff as they gave a brief on the nature of work along with the educational, social, psychological and recreational services provided to them. </p><p> </p><p>The deputy minister for social care and family patrolled all sections and units of the center, urging all workers to provide utmost level of services for PwD at all unites of the center.</p><p> </p><p>Al-Sharani observed the sections that offer specialized programs including rehabilitation treatment that is suitable for each type of disability, as well as oversaw the transportation means used to drive PwD home as well as bring them back to the center. </p><p>​ </p>{93b24c9d-5277-4bac-945e-d858d8f96a9c}1361

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