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SR2,000 fine for keeping workers’ passports: Ministry

JEDDAH — An employer who keeps the passports of his employees will be fined SR2,000 and the one who does not provide a copy of the contract to workers will be fined SR5,000, according to the new regulations of the Ministry of Labor.

A fine of up to SR15,000 will be imposed on an employer who forces his workers to do jobs not specified in the contract or if he asks workers to bear those expenses which he is liable to pay.

Fines will also be imposed on companies if they delay the payment of salaries, force employees to work extra hours without overtime payment, or force them to work during official weekends and holidays.


Violations also include forcing workers to work in the heat or in bad weather conditions without proper precautions.

Fines will be imposed on employers who deprive workers form getting recommendation letters or if a company does not provide training to at least 12% of its Saudi employees, according to the regulations.

Companies will be fined up to SR25,000 if they falsely claim the employment of Saudis or if they employ expatiates in jobs that are restricted to Saudis. Such companies will also be closed for five days.

Selling visas to expatriates results in a fine of SR50,000. Employing an expatriate without a license results in a fine of SR45,000.

Companies employing men on jobs marked for women will be fined SR10,000 for each male employee and will be closed for one day. Other fines are also specified for employing women in mixed areas and forcing them to work during banned working hours. Fines for such violations range between SR10,000 and SR5,000.

The ministry specified a fine of up to SR25,000 for companies violating safety and health standards. This also includes employing minors. The ministry also specified fines ranging between SR10,000 and SR20,000 on recruitment offices if they do not get license from the ministry before any recruitment process or if they do not register the services they provide on the system of the ministry.

Businesses owners will be fined SR25,000 if they provide false information to the Ministry of Labor and SR10,000 if they create problems in the work of the ministry’s investigation officers.

Fines for each violation will be doubled in case it is committed again.  A company is required to pay the fine within one month otherwise it will be considered a repetition of the violation.

Companies can appeal within 60 days after the violation has been registered.

Fatima Muhammad
Saudi Gazette

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A maximum SR100,000 fine for new labor law violation 

Approved amendments to KSA Labour Law

Work Demonstrations for any reason are prohibited in KSA


ann(RIYADH, 4 October 2015) – The Philippine Embassy in Riyadh reminds the public that the Saudi government prohibits gatherings and / or work demonstrations for any reason. All demands for benefits and rights should be coursed through official channels.

For concerns on the following, please contact the Embassy or the Philippine Labor Office at:

Assistance to Nationals Section (Police Cases, Detention, Remains, and other non-labor cases)

482-4354, 480-1918

Labor Attaché RIYADH (Welfare Cases related to Employment, Recruitment and Hiring Filipinos, and other matters related to employment or welfare and concerns with companies and employers including unpaid salaries, delays in salary, issuance of iqama by employer, etc)

FAX (+96611) 483-2204 Tel 483-2201 to 3



Labor Attaché Eastern

TEL (013) 894-1846, 894-2890

Mobile: 0501269742



The Embassy is open from Sunday through Thursday, 8AM to 5PM

Diplomatic Quarter, Ummayah Abu As-Salat Street

P.O. 94366, Riyadh 11693

Fax (96611) 488-3945

TEL 482-3559 , 482-0507, 482-1577


Website: http://riyadhpe.dfa.gov.ph

Go online… Don’t Fall in Line…


Starting November 2, 2015, counter transaction at Balik-Manggagawa Processing Center at POEA Ortigas is by appointment only.

Maari din po kayong kumuha ng OEC sa ibang POEA Offices sa probinsiya:

POEA Regional Center for Luzon
3rd – 4th Floor, Shania Building, Quezon Avenue
City of San Fernando, La Union

POEA Satellite Office. Region II
13 Dalan na Pagayayya
Regional Government Center
Tuguegarao City

POEA Regional Ext. Unit-CAR
Benitez Court Compound
Magsaysay Avenue, Baguio City
(074) 442-9478
(074) 445-4209 (telefax)

POEA Satellite Office – Region III
SM City Pampanga
Bgy. San Jose, Gapan- Olongapo Road corner NLEX, San Fernando City Pampanga

POEA Satellite Office – Region IV
Unit D. Ground Floor, Milan Prestige Building
National Highway, Brgy. Halang Calamba City
(049) 502-2798 (telefax)
poea_calamba@yahoo.com, poea.calamba@gmail.com

POEA Satellite Office No. V
Ground Floor, Unit 102-103, ANST Bldg. Washington Drive
Legaspi City
(052) 480-0144

POEA Regional Center for Visayas
Ground Flr. DOLE Building (old Insular Building)
corner General Maxilom Ave and Gorordo Ave
Cebu City
(032) 231-1016, (032) 231-1007, (032) 231-1003

POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region VI
3rd Floor, Robinson’s Place – Iloilo
Ledesma corner Mabini Streets, Iloilo City
(033) 336-8611, (033) 335-1058

POEA Satellite Office
2nd Floor, Old City Hall
Araneta-Luzuriaga St.
Bacolod City
(034) 434-7391 (telefax)

POEA Satellite Office
DOLE Compound, Trece Martirez
Tacloban City
(053) 321-7134 (telefax)
(053) 520-8350

POEA Regional Center for Mindanao
2nd Flr., AMYA II Bldg.
Quimpo Blvd. cor. Tulip Drive
Ecoland, Davao City
(082) 297-7429 (telefax)
(082) 297-7428, (082) 297-7650

POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region IX
2nd Floor, Goodwill Center
Mator Jaldon St., Canelar, Zamboanga City
(062) 992-5523

POEA Regional Ext. Unit – Region X
Ground Floor Trinidad Bldg.
Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City
(08822) 724-824 (telefax)
(08822) 729-465

POEA Satellite Office XII
Ground Floor, Nearby Executive Suites
Zulueta St., Koronadal City
(083) 520-9991 Telefax

Satellite Office- CARAGA
Door 2, Nimfa Tiu Bldg 7 JP Rosales Avenue
Butuan City
(085) 815-1708

POEA Satellite Office – Tawi-Tawi
Initiative for Tawi Tawi Area Devt. Foundation Bldg.
Old Housing Proj., Tubig Boh
Bongao, Tawi Tawi

Saudi Ministry of Labor, end of service award calculator

Saudi Labor Law

Section Four: End-of-Service Award

Article 84
Upon the end of the work relation, the employer shall pay the worker an end-of-service award of a half-month wage for each of the first five years and a one-month wage for each of the following years. The end-of-service award shall be calculated on the basis of the last wage and the worker shall be entitled to an end-of-service award for the portions of the year in proportion to the time spent on the job.

Article 85
If the work relation ends due to the worker’s resignation, he shall, in this case, be entitled to one third of the award after a service of not less than two consecutive years and not more than five years, to two thirds if his service is in excess of five successive years but less than ten years and to the full award if his service amounts to ten or more years.

Article 86
As an exception to the provision of Article (8) of this Law, it may be agreed that the wage used as a basis for calculating the end-of-service award does not include all or some of the commissions, sales percentages, and similar wage components paid to the worker which are by their nature subject to increase or decrease.

Article 87
As an exception to the provisions of Article (85) of this Law, the worker shall be entitled to the full award if he leaves the work due to a force majeure beyond his control. A female worker shall likewise be entitled to the full award if she ends her contract within six months from the date of her marriage or three months from the date of giving birth.

Article 88
Upon the end of the worker’s service, the employer shall pay his wages and settle his entitlements within a maximum period of one week from the date of the end of the contractual relation. If the worker ends the contract, the employer shall settle all his entitlements within a period not exceeding two weeks. The employer may deduct any work-related debt due to him from the worker’s entitlements.

Below is the screen shot of the Ministry of Labor, end of service award calculator (please click the screen shot image to the direct link of the Saudi Ministry of Labor ESB calculator). You may fill the details of your employment such as: Type of Contract, Reason for End of Service, Salary and Duration of Service.

Click the “amount” and check the figures of your end of service award on top of the “green calculator.” 

For more relevant info about how to compute your End of Service Award or ESB, please click here>>>> to QSaudi.com website.  Quintessentially Saudi – QSaudi.com is a multi-portal website dedicated to provide you important and useful information about Saudi Arabia.


Internet Voter Registration System for Overseas Filipinos Goes Global

 07 August 2015 – The Department of Foreign Affairs – Overseas Voting Secretariat (DFA-OVS) advices the public that iREHISTRO is now global.  iREHISTRO is a system that provides another way of accomplishing forms for voter registration related process. Prospective applicants still have to appear personally at Foreign Service Posts or Mobile/Field registration sites, to sign and submit their duly accomplished printed form, and for biometrics capturing. In addition, the processed applications still have to be approved by the Resident Election Registration Board (RERB).
Click here for the Online Application Form

Click Image for the Online Application Form

Overseas Filipinos in the Asia Pacific (except China and Taiwan), Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa region now have the option of filling up the forms from the comfort of their homes, workplace, internet café, or anywhere they have access to reliable internet connection. The optional appointment feature of the system allows for better time management since it provides them an easy way to schedule their personal appearance at the Embassy, Consulate General, Mission or Mobile/Field registration site.

All Filipino citizens who expect to be in the Asia Pacific, Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa during the 30-day (09 April – 09 May 2016) overseas voting period for the 2016 National Elections, at least 18 years old on 09 May 2016, not otherwise disqualified by law and who would like to be among the first overseas Filipinos to become part of this historical evolution of the Philippine overseas electoral process, may now go to irehistro.comelec.gov.ph/ov or http://www.comelec.gov.ph  to access the iREHISTRO System to register as an overseas voter. The voter registration period ends on October 31. END

Source: DFA Website 


Philippine Embassy-Riyadh Advisory: 

Advisory on the Temporary Suspension of  Overseas Voting On-Line Services

(Riyadh, 11 August 2015) – The Philippine Embassy informs the Filipino community in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that, per advice from the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), the following overseas voting services will be unavailable to the public during the period 10–12 and 17–18 August 2015:

  1. All automated Finger Identification System (AFIS) related services and process such as AFIS matching, ID generation and all verification and record searching;
  2. COMELEC website together with the iREHISTRO and Precinct Finder.

The temporary suspension of services is due to the interruption of public utilities in the COMELEC Head Office. (END)

Oman extends amnesty program

August 4, 2015 : From the Department of Foreign Affairs

The Philippine Embassy in Muscat has been informed that the Government of the Sultanate of Oman will extend the amnesty program for foreign undocumented workers until October 28.

The Philippine Embassy in Oman

The Philippine Embassy in Oman

The amnesty program which originally began on May 03 this year was to end on July 31. With the recent announcement, the Philippine Embassy has stepped up its efforts to encourage undocumented overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Oman to avail of the amnesty and avoid paying overstay penalties and other fines.

Philippine Ambassador to Oman Narciso T. Castañeda welcomed this development and views this as an opportunity for undocumented OFWs to return to the Philippines without facing any legal actions.

Media reports have placed around 7,382 undocumented workers of various nationalities as having been deported under the amnesty program. Of this figure, 162 OFWs were among those who have been deported, including all of the 29 distressed OFWs sheltered in the Filipino Workers Resource Center (FWRC) of the Philippine Overseas Labor Office – Muscat (POLO-Muscat). The FWRC has, as of to date, maintained zero ward.

Undocumented OFWs in Oman who may wish to avail of the amnesty under the extended period are advised to contact the POLO-Muscat hotline no. (+968) 9355-7931. Notices and a guide on how to avail of the program have been posted in the Philippine Embassy in Muscat website (www.muscatpe.dfa.gov.ph) and its Facebook page.  (taken from Philippine Government Official Gazette)

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