Minister of Labour issues new decision to rectify the status of the Expats in Oman

Muscat: His Excellency Dr.Muhad bin Saeed Baouin, Minister of Labor, issued Ministerial Resolution No. (232/2020) on work status correction for non-Omani workforce, within the framework of regulating the labor market.

The ministry of labour has announced that employers to get a grace period to correct the work status of their non-Omani employees during the period from 6/12/2020  to 6/01/2021, in the following cases:

– Modify the profession of the non-Omani workforce from Omanized professions to other professions in accordance with the requirements of the profession

– Modify the professions of the non-Omani workforce from banned sectors to other professions or vice versa, and permitting the amendment of occupations at different professional levels in accordance with the requirements of the profession.

– Modify and transfer the data of the non-Omani manpower from one business activity to another in the same establishment   accordance with the established licensing requirements.

– Amending the wages of the non-Omani manpower according to work contracts approved by the ministry, and an exception to the requirement to attach a bank account statement for the worker.

– Transferring non-Omani manpower services from employers who are required to stop services from the ministry to another employer after paying the fees and fines imposed on the worker, if any.

– An employer may apply for a license to bring in and engage in work for the non-Omani manpower from within the Sultanate, in the suspended activities, construction work, brick factories, and cleaning work, if the conditions prescribed for the license are met.

Cancellation of the worker leaving the work notification after paying the fees decided to cancel the report, fees and fines resulting from the expiration of the worker’s license to practice work, and an exception to the period stipulated for canceling the notification by the employer.

It is noteworthy that this decision was based on the Labor Law issued by Royal Decree No. (35/2003), and the Royal Decree No. (89/2020) to establish the Ministry of Labor, define its terms of reference and approve its organizational structure.

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