AUTHORITIES have pledged to not take legal action against the parents of a two-year-old boy, who was found in a busy suq on Wednesday night. They suspect the parents to be expatriates living illegally in Bahrain and have urged them to come forward to collect their son.
A NEW system to report human trafficking allegations has been launched in Bahrain.
The National Referral Mechanism for Victims of Trafficking in Persons involves training first responders to assess cases and help victims. Continue reading
Employers may have to compulsorily transfer salaries of housemaids and unskilled workers directly into their bank accounts, according to a new plan by Bahrain’s labour watchdog. Continue reading
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
Bahrain yesterday unveiled a new plan to introduce a flexible work permit format for foreigners.The new contract would serve as a legal alternative to employing illegal workers in the country. Continue reading
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
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
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 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
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