Employers face jail if they permit their ex-pat workers to work as self-employed

Employers face jail if they permit their ex-pat workers to work as self-employed
According to the Jawazat sources, the employer, who committed this violation for the first time, will be awarded a one-month jail term and SR5000 in fine

Riyadh — Any Saudi employer who permits his expatriate worker to engage in jobs outside the original employer’s employment in return for money would be punished with a maximum jail term of three months and fines amounting to SR50000.

According to the Jawazat sources, the employer, who committed this violation for the first time, will be awarded a one-month jail term and SR5000 in fine. However, in repeating the same crime, the penalties include imprisonment for two months and a fine of SR20,000. Thus, for the third time violation, the employer will have to face three months in prison and fines amounting to SR50,000.

In all cases, the fine will be multiplied with the number of workers whom the employer allowed to engage in jobs for their benefit in violation of the regulations of the Labor Law, the Jawazat sources said.

The employer will be banned from recruiting workers for no less than one year for permitting self-employment of his worker, and this punishment will be increased to two and three years in the event of repeated violations.

The Jawazat warned expatriates of a six-month jail term and fines amounting to R50,000 if found working as self-employed on an employment visa and deported to his country.

Expatriates employing such persons face a fine of SR5,000 or imprisonment for a month or both, cancellation of their residency permit (iqama), and deportation from the Kingdom.

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