Kuwait’s parliament is set to debate changes into the labour law prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, a legal expert said
“The proposed changes into the labour law include temporary salary cut, special leave and laying workers off,” Professor Anas Altourah, School of Law, Kuwait University, told the Kuwaiti daily Aljarida.
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Spelling out the three proposals, Altourah said the proposed change should go as follows: “It is not permissible to reduce the worker’s wage during the period of his work except in unusual circumstances, such as disasters and general crises, in which a decision is issued by the competent minister, provided that the employer is not discharged, except after paying the rate of reduction within one year from the end of the exceptional circumstances or the end of the job contract, whichever is earlier.”
At present, the Labour Law provides that the employee’s remuneration may not be reduced for any reason during his or her period of service. It further stipulates that an employer shall pay the employee’s remuneration during periods when the work of the establishment is totally or partially suspended for any other reason not related to the employee, for as long as they wish to continue to employ the worker.
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