The law and reality of your contract


The Contract

The Contract

Expatriates working in Saudi Arabia are in an unenviable situation. All of us have fixed term contracts which we sign before taking up an assignment in the kingdom. We just assume that once the contract is extended, we have another term of stay in the kingdom.

I have mentioned in the past the importance of going through your contract terms and conditions very carefully before signing it. What protects you once you land here is only the contract and nothing else. Note that all the important things which matter to the expatriate, your job title, family visa, end of service benefits, virtually all of your benefits and obligations of your sponsor, are all based on your contract.

My attention was drawn to an interesting article in today’s Arab News. This is a question by one of the readers to a lawyer about the status of his contract. The question relates to a “time bomb clause” in the contract by which the employer can terminate the contract at any point of time by giving a month’s notice despite a contract to the contrary. The reply given by the lawyer is 100% correct and I have no reason to dispute it, given that the learned lawyer is a well-respected one in his profession. What I would like to focus in today’s post is what is NOT mentioned in the reply.

For those of us expatriates who have continued to stay beyond the “initial” contract which was signed after entering the kingdom for the first time, you must be careful on what you sign while extending your contract. Clever employers use the word “extension of contract” rather than just “contract”. Expatriates working in Saudi Arabia must be aware of their rights and obligations while extending their contract with the above words. What this means in simple language is explained below.
 
Excerpt of the above entry  was taken from : ExpatGuru the author of the blog “Working in Saudi Arabia“.

188 thoughts on “The law and reality of your contract

  1. Sir,

    d ako sure kung im in the right forum. Sir, tanong ko lang, my father who used to be a div. manager in one of the co. here in dammam ksa passed away recently, the thing is may mga claims na dapat ibigay sa father ko pero kahit na ilang beses ko na cya nifollow-up wlang response mula sa managment. ask ko sana kung may rights ako para makuha ang dapat makuha ng father ko? by the way, my father and i works in the same co.

    + additional lang sir, bka pwede makahingi ng kopya ng rights ng employee according to saudi labor law.

    Maraming salamat Sir,

    William

  2. Sir,
    Ano po ang epekto sa employee sa KSA, kung ang kontrata’y hindi matapos sa loob ng dalawang taon. Halimbawa, umuwi sa Pinas, pagkatapos ng 1 taon na work, ano ang mangyayari sa OFW kung hindi na makabalik sa kanyang KSA?

  3. Sir,

    Ask ko lng po, nakauwi na po ako sa pinas for vacation only kasi ayaw nila ako payagan na mag exit. na tapos ko po yung 2 years na contract ko sa kanila , wla po ako pinirmahan ng formal contract. kasi gaya ng iba yung basic salary mababa lng tpos inilagay nila sa other allowances para ma complete yung 500 USD na usapan.. which include vacation pay, separation and others. kaya wla na ako balak bumalik pa doon.. nag kapag clearance ako ng maayos. ask ko lng po wla npo ba silang habol sakin.? since nandito na ako sa pinas.

    salamat po,
    Pito

    • Pito,

      Maaari ka lang nilang ipa-blacklist kung gugustohin nila for not coming back after vacation at ito ay maging dahilan sa pag deny ng Saudi Embassy sa iyong visa kung sakaling babalik ka sa KSA.

      Bong

  4. Dear sir,

    gud day po,magtatanung lng po aku.ako po ay ng apply as trailer driver ngunit mkaraan ang 6 n buwan ngkproblema paa ko mbilis mangalay at humina ang mata ngsabi me s company ngunit nilipat nila me as vehicles inspection pero wlang kasulatan..pero now ginawa n nila me all around driver mpa maliit n kotse hanggang s pgddrive ng trailer truck at vehicles inspection s sweldong 900 riyal plus 200 food allow..d kumakasya s pamilya ko ang sweldo ko kya ngfile me resignation nung april, 3 months notice..ako po ai dp tpos ng contract 1 and 3 months plang me dto..cnsbi nila n bbyaran ko daw ang iqama,visa at ticket..tutuo po b un pg ng exit me bbyaran ko lhat un?
    maraming salamat po s inyong tugon..

    • Jake,

      Totoo po yon, hihingi ng kabayaran ang iyong employer sa lahat ng kaniyang nagastos sa pagkuha sa iyo sa Pinas, sa kadahilanang hindi po ninyo tinapos ang kontrata thats include ticket pauwi sa Pinas.

      Bong

  5. good day sir bong! itatanong ko lng po kng pano proseso ng pag exit. tpos n po ksi ung kontrata nmin last sept 6, 2011. kinausap po nmin ung employer nmin last sept 15, 2011 tpos nagsabi n po kmi n kmi ay mag eexit na, at sinabi din n nmin n mag eextend kami hanggang Nov. 2011 para naman makahanap siya ng kapalit namin (kung may balak man syang kumuha ng ibang tao.). napagtanto po nmin n mag eexpire pala ung iqama nmin Nov. 25, 2011. may kaibigan po ako dun sa riyadh na nagsabi na kung mag eexit kau dapat before exipiration of iqama naayos n ung exit papers at tiket… exit po kasi kukunin nmin kc lilipat po kami ng employer. pwede nya po ba kming ipitin kung saka-sakali? may laban po ba kami kasi tapos n din ung kontrata namin? kung nagkataon saan po kmi hihingi ng tulong kung may aberya?

    thanks and more power!!!

    andy

    • Andy,

      Ang proseso ay pag sumite ng notice non-renewal of contract, at least 1 month or two months. ayon sa Saudi Labor Law hindi napo kailangan ang sulat kung specified period ang kontrata pero may mga employer na minsan ay hindi nagbabasa ng Saudi Labor Law kaya mas maganda kung ito ay nakasulat at na receive nila upang ito ay magamit kung ito ay kailangan.

      May kasulatan ba kayo sa extension ng kontrata? Kasi kung ito ay walang kasulatan maaring idahilan ng employer na nag-renew kayo ng kontrata at ang expiration na ng iqama ang siyang expiration rin ng inyong kontrata.

      Tama po, dapat lamang na bago mag expire ang iqama kayo ay naka kompleto na ng papeles dahil kung ma-expire ito, hindi po kayo mabigyan ng exit clearance ng jawasat kung hindi po ito na-renew.

      Kung sakaling magka-problema dapat lamang na pasyalan ninyo ang POLO at humingi ng payo. Kadalasan ang ginagawa ng POLO natin ay tawagan ang employer upang ma-remind sila sa karapatan ng worker.

      Regards.

      Bong

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