Al-Mawarid responds to Okaz: Will private sector employees be given two days off?

While employees of the private sector are demanding a review of the official working hours and the weekly leave to become two days, the spokesman for the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, Saad Al Hammad, confirmed to Okaz that the amendment related to reducing working hours and increasing the weekly leave for the worker is one of the files that are continuously studied; In pursuit of everything that is in the interest of the worker and the labor market in a way that contributes to achieving the ministry’s objectives and the labor market strategy in light of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030. Al Hammad explained that the ministry had previously worked on proposed amendments to the labor system and had been put forward through a public opinion poll platform.

Regarding the repeated demands that the Ministry of Resources reduce the weekly leave for private sector employees to two days, and reduce working hours to contribute to creating new jobs in the private sector for Saudis, the spokesperson for the Ministry of Human Resources replied: “If there are any developments related to the ministry, it will be published via the official website. and its official social media accounts. Lawyer and legal advisor Kholoud Majed Al-Ahmadi said that Article 98 of the Labor Law affirmed that it is not permissible for the worker to actually work for more than eight hours per day, if the employer adopts the daily criterion, or more than 48 hours per week, if the weekly criterion is adopted. Actual working hours are reduced during Ramadan for Muslims, as they do not exceed six hours per day, or 36 hours per week.

Al-Ahmadi added that Article 99 of the same system made it clear that the working hours stipulated in Article 98 of this system may be increased to nine hours per day for some categories of workers, or in some industries and jobs in which the worker does not work on an ongoing basis, and may also be reduced. Up to seven hours per day for some categories of workers or in some industries and jobs that are dangerous or harmful. The categories of workers, industries and jobs referred to are determined by a decision of the Minister. Whereas Article 100 permits the employer – with the approval of the Ministry – in establishments where the nature of work requires performing work in rotation to increase working hours to eight working hours per day or 48 hours per week, provided that the average working hours when calculating for a period of three weeks or less does not exceed Eight hours a day or 48 hours a week. Al-Ahmadi indicated that Article 101 has been amended to read as follows: “Working hours and rest periods are regulated during the day, so that the worker does not work for more than five consecutive hours without a period of rest, prayer and food of not less than half an hour at a time during the total working hours, and so that he does not remain The worker is in the workplace for more than 12 hours per day. She pointed out that the system granted the employer exceptions for weekly rest during the annual inventory work, budget preparation, liquidation, closing accounts, preparing for sale at reduced prices, preparing for seasons, holidays and other occasions and seasonal work, provided that the number of days in which workers work does not exceed 30 days per year. In all cases, the actual working hours may not exceed ten hours per day, or 60 hours per week. The Minister shall determine by a decision from him the maximum number of additional hours of work allowed per year.

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