More maternity leave ‘beneficial’

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EXTENDING maternity leave in Bahrain could actually increase the number of women in the workforce, according to a government official.She was responding to calls from trade unionists yesterday to increase the amount of time new mothers can take off work. Continue reading

Focus on developing Capital Governorate

Developing residential areas, introducing new educational programmes and building new shopping complexes are underway in the Capital Governorate. They are part of future initiatives that will focus on economic growth and empowering the youth, said Capital Governor Shaikh Hisham bin Abdulrahman Al Khalifa. Continue reading

Bosses face new charges to hire expatriates

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Employers wishing to exceed their regular quota will have to pay an additional BD300 for each extra expatriate worker they hire – on the basis of BD150 annually. Apart from the additional fees, employers will still be required to pay the regular two-year BD200 levy and monthly fees on each foreign worker. Continue reading

Companies warned over Bahrainisation

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Employers who fail to adhere to Bahrainisation quotas will be fined or have work permits cancelled, a top official warned. The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has accused employers of consistently abusing the Bahrainisation Law, which states that a Bahraini has to be hired for every four foreign workers. Continue reading

Bahrain praised for workers’ protection

Bahrain has some of the best protections for migrant workers in the Gulf, according to a top International Labour Organisation (ILO) representative. The ILO has witnessed a surge in complaints related to workers’ rights in the region, but regional desk officer at its Arab Region Worker Activities Bureau Nezam Qahoush said “the situation is far better in Bahrain”. Continue reading

Ausamah Al Absi received a US Congress delegation

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Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) president and head of the National Anti-Human Trafficking Committee Ausamah Al Absi yesterday received a US Congress delegation which visited a shelter to protect expatriate workers from human trafficking dangers. Continue reading

New LMRA warning

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The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has warned the public against dealing with unlicensed recruitment agencies. Legal action is being taken against those violating the authority’s rules and regulations that protect the rights of citizens and residents, LMRA planning and licensing director Hassan Al Rahma said. Continue reading

LMRA bid to help migrant workers

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A series of programmes focusing on providing support for migrant workers in Bahrain will be held in the coming week.It will kick off tomorrow with a two-day workshop on fair recruitment followed by the opening on Sunday of a national centre to tackle human trafficking, which will provide temporary shelter for victims. Continue reading