Employment in Bahrain ‘up during unrest’

Employment among Bahrainis increased during the height of the unrest, according to a new report from the kingdom’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA).A total of 141,263 were in work between January and April, an increase of 2.1 per cent compared with the same period last year, figures released by LMRA show. Continue reading

Visa health tests to be speeded up

By SANDEEP SINGH GREWAL ,  Posted on » Monday, October 18, 2010

EXPAT employees should get their work visas faster after private hospitals and clinics were given the green light to conduct mandatory pre-employment medical tests.The tests, which also cover family members, used to be conducted solely at Al Razi Health Centre, Al Nuaim. Continue reading

Visas ultimatum

By TOM HANRATTY,
EXPATRIATE workers whose visas have been cancelled as part of a crackdown on companies that refuse to pay their labour fees will be offered a one-month grace period.
The Labour Ministry Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has begun annulling the status of staff employed by firms who decline to stump up the controversial BD10 fee.
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Visas cancelled ‘hour by hour’

Visas cancelled 'hour by hour'

Visas cancelled 'hour by hour'

Visas for expatriate workers in Bahrain are being cancelled every hour due to the refusal of employers to pay the controversial BD10 ($26.50) labour fee, it has emerged.
Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) e-services and public relations manager Waheed Al Balushi was unable to say how many had been annulled but confirmed the process was underway.
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Bosses protest in tax stand-off

By TOM HANRATTY,

A STANDOFF between the government and the private sector continued yesterday, as businessmen staged yet another protest outside the office responsible for taxing them for their foreign staff. The sit-in outside the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), Sanabis, lasted from 9.30am to midday.
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Trafficking battle call

By BEGENA P PRADEEP,

BAHRAIN must step up the battle against human trafficking, according to a new US State Department report.
The country remains on a special watchlist of nations being monitored for what action they are taking to combat the problem, despite issuing new guidelines on the employment conditions of migrant workers.
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Last chance for ‘illegals’

By MANDEEP SINGH,  Posted on » Wednesday, April 01, 2009

EXPATRIATES who have failed to regularise their visas due to a backlog of cases at the Health Ministry will be given one last chance to become legal, officials have declared.

Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) chief executive Ali Radhi said officials had received hundreds of calls from people saying they were given appointments for medical examinations weeks after the expiry of yesterday’s government deadline. Continue reading