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Khaybar's abused children taken into custody: says ministryhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_359Khaybar's abused children taken into custody: says ministry2016-08-30T10:00:00Z<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Khaybar's abused children taken into custody: says ministry </strong></p><p> </p><p>Khaled Abalkhail, spokesman for the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, said the ministry was in haste to check and take necessary measures for the reported abuse of three children in the Madinah District of Khaybar who had endured domestic violence by their mother.</p><p> </p><p>The children, one boy and two girls, had exposed to severe negligence and incarceration inside their home without access to healthy food or medical care, which resulted in physical and mental harm to them, the spokesman explained further.</p><p> </p><p>Abalkhail said that the ministry worked hand in hand with other pertinent entities in north of Madinah as the children were seen by experts where the boy was then transferred to the Comprehensive Rehab Center in the city due to his critical conditions.</p><p> </p><p>Abalkhail emphasized that the boy's case was urgently required medical attention by specialized medical staff while the social Protection Unit in Madinah have been put the two sisters in custody. </p><p> </p><p>The spokesman noted that the mother of the children has appeared to be unqualified to raise them or take care of them and hence her case was forwarded to the Bureau of Investigation and Public Persecution.</p><p> </p><p>Such case will go under further study to understand the causes of domestic violence committed against the children in question as well as provide a number of recommendations to penalize those who may be involved in child neglect in accordance to the Child Protection Law, he said as well.</p><p> </p><p>The spokesman urges Saudi citizens and residents to report any domestic violence through contacting the uniform customer service No. (1919). ​</p>
MLSD implements its own 'discovering leaders' programhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_364MLSD implements its own 'discovering leaders' program2016-08-18T12:00:00Z<p>​</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">MLSD implements its own 'discovering leaders' program</strong></p><p><br>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has implemented a number of specialized workshops on last Sunday to recognize its own future leaders that would take in charge of its management later.</p><p>The program under the title of "discovering leaders'' aims to develop the ministry's services and activate an array of initiatives, programs and projects so as to discover the potentials of its staff, a move that is in sync with the Kingdom's 2030 seeking to develop and train Saudi cadres. </p><p>The launching of the program was attended by Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Mufrej Al-Haqbani and a number of senior officials and ambitious staff as the minister announced last May his willingness to receive candidates who want to fulfill high-management positions.</p><p>Addressing on the occasion, Al-Haqbani emphasized  the first patch of participants attending the workshops is in a bid to reflect the ministry's vision and strategy  that seek the development of its staff to fulfill a number of leadership posts and utilize the existing cadres  through investing in human capitals.</p><p>Al-Haqbani said the program would enhance the ministry's activities and services through activating multiple initiatives and other programs amid new directions that the ministry is adopting to better achieve government action led by qualified Saudi nationals, which is in line with the Saudi vision.</p><p>Al-Haqbani seized the opportunity to express his happiness about launching the program that attempts to accomplish development programs inside the ministry and its affiliates as well as raise performance level and quality of services, wishing such a direction will set an example for public agencies to follow.</p><p>During the event, Al-Haqbani said one's willingness to develop is one of the main factors that ensures the success of the program, which has been manifest through submitting applications when they want to lead the ministry and its affiliates.</p><p>The minister stressed that leadership doesn't only require certain skills, but a sense of initiative and willingness which constitute the leader's personality as those who lack such traits would not be able to be at helm even if they have general skills. </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Al-Haqbani said that the participants are the main drives to design the future of the ministry, providing that the appointment would be subject to scientific methods to discover unique skills and mental capabilities besides work experience needed to choose the best candidate. </p><p>Al-Haqbani said it will be a paradigm shift that can be adopted into several government entities and agencies.</p><p>Dr. Saad Al-Madi, advisor to the minister of labor and social development on career development and general supervisor of the program, said that the program is a promising one to pin down potential leaders as the ministry is witnessing the merging of the Ministries of labor and Social Affairs to be under the name of '' the Ministry of Labor and Social Development''.  </p><p>Al-Madi stressed that the program has set sound standards and followed scientific methods to prepare the leaders to run the ministry, noting that the appointment process includes various tools such as self-audit interviews and employee and manager assessment as per international standards.</p><p>The advisor said choosing potential leaders will be based on the needed skills and traits with taking into account the job description stating the type of tasks and assignments must be carried out by them, all of which helps assess candidates and reach best results.  </p><p>Al-Madi said there are other practical activities that allow assessees to have full impression of the candidates' skills by making them to participate in multiple missions to observe their behavior towards them with the aim to discover their talents, which it produces fair assessment for them all.</p><p>The advisor said there is no fixed number to accept qualified leaders as long as they meet the requirements of appointment in which their career paths are defined by evaluators, in addition to whether they are eligible to be leaders immediately or require some training programs to embark on leadership.  </p><p>Al-Madi added that the goal of discovering leaders does not rely on the current phase, but also includes other upcoming and future phases.</p><p>Meanwhile, a group of experts during the workshops addressed the NTP that ministry have planned to achieve its goals by 2020, as well as discussed the strategic plan, initiatives and roles of sectors along with other targets.</p><p>Also, the upcoming workshops will conduct several sessions that shed light on necessary knowledge and skills as well as organize activities aiming to uncover the participants' potentials. </p><p> </p><p>Furthermore, the workshops conducted on Sunday put participants under leadership tasks through personalization in order to measure their tendency to take decisions as leaders, as well as organized debates among them to address various labor and social development topics in order to assess their skills in debating as well as their critical thinking.  </p><p>During the workshops, personal stories were shared by the current leaders to highlight their career journeys at MLSD as well as mentioning their assigned tasks nearby.</p><p>Internal discussions were on the table to address issues and their causes along with exploring solutions to overcome them so as to measure the participants' ability to manage crisis as well as lay out strategies to confront any obstacle they face.</p><p>The participants were put in test to recognize their ability to persuade others, take initiatives, achieve multiple goals and create solutions, in addition to their tendency to work as teamwork and not cling to one decision without sharing other opinions.  </p><p>It is noteworthy that other upcoming workshops will be gradually conducted as they take up various patches of other participants from the ministry and expose them to multiple experiments, a move that ensures all of them will have equal opportunities to showcase their skills in leading roles.   </p><p> </p><p> </p>
Ministry, Mobily ink MOU to train 6,000 Saudis in telecom sectorhttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_384Ministry, Mobily ink MOU to train 6,000 Saudis in telecom sector2016-08-09T09:00:00Z<p>​</p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Ministry, Mobily ink MOU to train 6,000 Saudis in telecom sector</strong></p><p style="text-align:right;"> </p><p>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development and Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding to train and support Saudi nationals to work in mobile sales and maintenance shops.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p>Minister of Labor and Social Development Dr. Mufrej Al-Haqbani inaugurated the signing ceremony where a number of officials and representatives from the company were present such as Director-General of Yesser Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Oraini, adviser to the Minister of CIT and Mobily Chairman Sulaiman Al-Gwaiz. </p><p> </p><p>As part of Mobily's CSR, the move is in sync with the directive that targets the total Saudization of all sales outlets and maintenance shops of mobile phones and their accessories with the aim of providing employment and training programs that facilitate Saudis to embark on the job market as well as offering job stability. </p><p> </p><p>The signing ceremony was led by Dr. Ibrahim Al- Shafiei, director of the guided nationalization program, and Mulfi Al-Marzooqi, chief human resources officer of Mobily.</p><p> </p><p>During the inauguration, Al-Haqbani extended his thanks to Mobily for supporting the nationalization of the telecommunication sector, hoping that the agreement is just a beginning of further cooperation between the ministry and the company in this respect.</p><p> </p><p>The labor minister clarified that the MOU comes within the continued efforts to Saudize all shops selling mobile phones and accessories through training Saudi males and females in order to empower them to lead the sector and compete, locally regionally and globally.</p><p> </p><p>Addressing participants, Al-Haqbani pointed out that families of social security payouts, productive families and orphans will benefit the most from the agreement as the ministry bears the responsibility towards the beneficiaries of its services to turn them into productive members of the society instead relying on assistance. </p><p> </p><p>Al-Haqbani said that the telecom sector is multi-purpose and lucrative as the ministry's ambitions are not limited to what is stated in the agreement but other activities are underway, leaving impact on Saudi national in all regions of the Kingdom. </p><p> </p><p>He continued that apprenticeship programs would enable Saudi nationals to enter the labor market when they receive best training and achieve excellency the assigned jobs.</p><p> </p><p>On another front, Mobily's CEO Ahmed Farroukh extended his thanks to the ministry for signing the memorandum of understanding with the company which represented the keenness of both parties to support positive initiatives.  </p><p> </p><p>Farroukh added that Mobily recognizes its role to take part in the national programs that serve the interest of the nation and its citizens while the company took the initiative to sign the agreement in cooperation with the ministry, which is in a bid to support the nationalization of the telecoms sector as a top priority for the MLSD.</p><p> </p><p>Farroukh said that Mobily believes that the initiative goes hand in hand with the Kingdom's 2030 Vision aiming to generate job opportunities for Saudi males and females as the development of national cadres in such a competitive sector would contribute to the long-term sustainability of economy.</p><p> </p><p>The chief executive officer confirmed the Saudization of the cellphone sector would yield success amid the national cadres that possess a great deal of creativity and energy and await the chance to embark on the sector. </p><p> </p><p>According to the MOU, the telecom company would provide a comprehensive program that supports the Saudization directive by training around 6,000 Saudi males and females across the Kingdom.</p><p> </p><p>Accordingly, trainees will acquire necessary skills to join the phone market through apprenticeship to master salesmanship, marketing, accounting basics, warehouse management and maintenance basics, in addition to dealing with play stores and solving technical issues relating to services, products and systems.</p><p> </p><p>Meanwhile, the company will offer incentives and other benefits under the " Partner Plus" program (Shariki Plus) to support around 5,000 Saudi males and females in the telecom sector as training is planned to target  not less than 15 percent of females and 10 percent for special categories including orphans and persons with disabilities.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><p 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The Minister of Labor and social development: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has directed to take adequate measures to address the workers affected by some facilitieshttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_382The Minister of Labor and social development: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has directed to take adequate measures to address the workers affected by some facilities2016-08-08T16:00:00Z<p>​</p><div style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3" id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteForeColor-6"><strong>The Minister of Labor and social development: Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques has directed to take adequate measures to address the workers affected by some facilities</strong></span></p><p style="text-align:center;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3 ms-rteForeColor-6"></span><br> </p><p><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3"></span><br> </p><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">HE Labor and Social Development Minister Dr. Mufarrej bin Saad Al-Haqubani announced that the custodian of the two holy mosques [King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud] has directed to take all the necessary measures to solve a crisis that has been caused by some companies abuses against their workers. The minister also insured that Saudi Labor Law has assured to preserve the rights of workers in the private sector.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">The minister also created an equal relationship between employers and workers to preserve the contractual agreement between the worker and the employer in addition to wage protection through legislations and policies related to organization of relations, ensuring payroll by the agreed date.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">In this context, HE has explained that articles and regulations of Saudi Labor Law  guarantee workers rights, he added that the prevailing procedures in the Labor Market includes the following:</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">1- Obligation of facilities to transfer workers wages to their bank accounts within the wage protection program and the framework of Saudi Arabia’s banking system. In addition,  the ministry is following up on a monthly basis these transformations and punishes offending facilities by banning them from the internal recruitment and contracting, in addition to fines.The ministry will also allow to transfer the services of workers that their wages has been delayed for more than 3 months to another employer without the permission of their employer who delayed payment of their wages.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">2- The ministry has launched a free service named Labor advisor to provide consulting services for labor workers and business owners concerning topics within the labor market and any contractual issues that can arise between the parties involved.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">3- The ministry in partnership with STC is providing a free SIM card service distributed to the labor workers as they arrive at the kingdom’s airports, this service includes general guidance, and an explanation of the mechanisms in the ministry when you need service.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">4- The ministry provides a call center service in eight of the most common foreign languages in Saudi labor market in order to facilitate an accessible mean of communication with workers and resolve their cases when required.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">5- Increase the number of immediate body units for the settlement of labor disputes up to 30 units and increasing supreme body units up to 10 units to ease the process of litigation and reaching ministry customers geographically.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">6- The ministry gives the right to workers who suffers from delayed wages or the failure of the employer to fulfill their contractual obligations such as issuing or renewing work permits to relocate to another employer, while continuing to claim his delayed wages from the original employer or the final departure with hiring a lawyer to claim their rights or to stay in the company if he decided to voluntarily do so.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">With regards to what recently occurred, the ministry would like to confirm that this was a special case for one business which is Saudi Oger, and this does not represent a general issue in the labor market. As the official inspection team has followed up with the relevant sites and found that the company did not respect the codes in place to house the labor workers as per the contractual obligations</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">It has been noticed that there has been a huge shortage in subsistences and health services due to the expiration of the health insurance of the workers and the maintenance and cleaning in these compounds. After the company delayed those situation, the custodian of the two holy mosques has directed to solve those situation as soon as possible. The king made the following procedures:</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">1- Allow these workers to renew their iqamas and issuing free exit reentry visas on the country’s expense and hold their companies accountable for it.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">2- Finish the the maintenance and cleaning work, provide of a safe drinking water continuously and hire qualified contractors who are able to secure these services</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">3- Secure continuous subsistence for workers on these facilities and monitor their subsistence providers performance in these sites.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">4- Ensure free medical care in these sites.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">5- Hire lawyers to pursue workers’ claims for wages owed to them by the company even if they decide to return home</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">6- Appoint Saudi Airline to make transport arrangement to workers from different nationalities under the account of the government of Saudi Arabia and make the company pay for it later on.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">7- Coordinate with relevant embassies to identify which workers wants to transfer their services and continue to work in Saudi Arabia and those who wants return home.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">8- Meet the ambassador of the relevant states. Explain the applied procedures. The procedures has expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the efforts done by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to solve the</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">Overall, Ministry of Labor and Social Development assures that the issue was confined to just one company who had not fulfill their contractual obligations and broke the laws and regulations of the Labor Law. Therefore, that company shall be judge according to the terms and regulations of Labor Law.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3">The ministry also confirms that the issued directions assure to take all the necessary measures needed to avoid recurrence the Saudi Labor Market. In addition, a specialized team has been formed accordingly to follow up on that, and to make sure there’s commitment from the facility on its duties, and to interfere when observing any shortening that may affect the necessary services of the employees.</span></p><div style="text-align:justify;"><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font></div><p style="text-align:justify;"> </p><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><font class="ms-rteFontSize-3" color="#000000" face="Times New Roman"> </font><span class="ms-rteFontSize-3" id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span>
Saudis told to quit jobs amid delayed salaries: ministry denieshttps://portal.mol.gov.sa/en/News/news_374Saudis told to quit jobs amid delayed salaries: ministry denies2016-08-05T09:00:00Z<p>​</p><div style="text-align:center;"></div><p style="text-align:center;"><strong class="ms-rteForeColor-6">Saudis told to quit jobs amid delayed salaries: ministry denies</strong></p><p><strong><br></strong></p><p>The Ministry of Labor and Social Development has refuted the statement that claimed its connection to the minister of labor and social development and urged Saudi nationals whose salaries are delayed to leave work and register with Saned (the unemployment insurance program).</p><p>The ministry said that the minister has never called upon Saudi nationals to quit their work, whereas his statement was misquoted in the event of workers protesting against undue delay in the payments of salaries.</p><p>The ministry said that the minister's mention of Saned as one of the legal options to leverage benefits if Saudi workers are relieved of their duties when they don't bear any responsibility of the sack's decision or due to the company's default to pay their salaries for three months, providing that they do not wish to continue to work for the same employer.</p><p>Hence, Saudi workers are entitled to unemployment insurance under the Saned program as the legal system so as to protect Saudis who lose their job in the private sector, the ministry explained.  </p><p>In this case, the minister of labor and social development and the ministry's officials clarified that those who are harmed by the delayed salaries can file complaints to the ministry that is seeking to enforce the wage protection program on private establishments.</p><p>Establishments that are reluctant to incur payments on time are subject to suspension of services by the ministry as well as workers' complaints are forwarded to labor commissions to take penal action against violators, the ministry added further. ​</p>

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