According to the latest amendment made by the Council of Ministers to the Labor Law and the System of Labor Courts, disputes that are more than twelve months old after the termination of the contract between the employee and the employer will not be accepted by labor courts.


The Kingdom’s newly established labor courts will accept such cases only if the claimant can successfully produce a valid excuse explaining the delay in filing lawsuit beyond a period of twelve months or if the dependent raises no objection to the right of the aggrieved party to file a lawsuit at any time.


Initially labor complaints should be filed at the labor office which will take necessary steps to amicably settle the dispute between the employee and the employer. If the labor office fails to settle the dispute, then concerned parties will be granted permission to go to the labor court.


Under the new amendment, workers can lodge collective complaints unless the Supreme Judicial Council rules against such a move.


According to reports from informed sources, courts have been instructed to consider labor cases as quickly as possible without any delay that may harm the interests of the workers. Moreover, employers will not have the right to modify the terms and conditions of the contract while a case is under the consideration of the court.


Saudi Gazette – 17 November 2018

The survey report published by Talent Shift research conducted by Korn Ferry highlighted that 60 percent of Saudi business executives who participated in the survey predicted at least 28 percent growth in their businesses in Saudi Arabia by 2020 and a growth of one-third by 2030.


A major challenge that the Kingdom is going to face could be a talent deficit and 46 percent are fearful about this scenario and 52 percent doubt that this talent deficit might limit the Kingdom’s growth potential in future.


Over 70 percent Saudi leaders believe that technology will become their greatest asset over people by 2030. The promise of technology seems to be the biggest driving force behind a lack of urgency to develop existing talent to fill the talent shortage.


However, despite all the shortcomings, Saudi leaders are optimistic about the development of their existing youth in line with the ambitions of Saudi Vision 2030 and the National Transformation Program.


While they predict that 28 percent of current jobs will become obsolete by 2030, they are also confident that 35 percent of the current workforce is capable of being retrained and redeployed to deliver specific skills needed in future.


Saudi Gazette -18 November 2018

Custodian of the two Holy mosques King Salman launched more than 600 development projects worth SR16.5 billion in Qassim region in the presence of Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defence, and several princes, ministers and high-ranking officials on Wednesday.


King Salman initiated 402 projects worth SR12.15 billion falling in 12 diverse sectors and laid the foundation stone for another 199 projects worth SR4.2 billion at a function held at Al-Wadi Palace in Buraidah. These multibillion-riyal projects include several ministries and sectors in all cities, governorates and towns of Qassim region and highlights the continuation of the process of development and boom in all sectors in the Qassim region.


The development projects include municipal and rural projects, energy, industry and mineral resources projects, university, public education and technical and vocational training projects, agriculture, environment, water and transportation projects and housing, tourism and heritage projects.


Saudi Gazette

The labor market bulletin published by the General Authority for Statistics (GaStat) stated that about 48,000 Saudi women entered the job market in the second quarter of 2018 marking an increase of 8.8 percent in comparison to the previous year.


The department of nationalization of jobs at the Ministry of Labor and Social Development is working tirelessly on developing remote employment centre to provide employment to more than 50,000 Saudi women job seekers.


The number of female workers in the Saudi private sector has crossed 9.37 million, which is 6.3 percent of the total workforce, as a result of several initiatives launched by the Ministry of Labor within the National Transition Program.


The ministry also held several meetings with 18 government and private companies including a number of international companies such as IBM and Huawei to generate more job opportunities for Saudi women in the IT, communications, engineering, commerce, tourism, transport, accounting, contracting, retail business, and renewable energy sector.


Saudi Gazette

Saudi Aramco and SABIC have announced Yanbu as the site for development of an integrated industrial complex to convert crude oil to chemicals (COTC), the first of its kind in the world.


The establishment of the complex will contribute to creating opportunities for setting up small and medium enterprises and factories and play a key role in national economic diversification as well as promote sustainable development, stated Prince Faisal bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Governor of Medina.


The complex, backed by equal investments from both companies, will create an estimated 30,000 direct and indirect jobs and eventually contribute to a GDP growth of 1.5 percent.


The COTC complex is expected to start operations in 2025 and will process 400,000 barrels of crude oil per day to produce approximately 9 million tonnes of chemicals and base oils annually.


The project will support the creation of a world-leading downstream sector in Saudi Arabia focussing on four key drivers – maximizing value from the Kingdom’s crude oil production via integration across the hydrocarbon chain, enabling the creation of conversion industries to produce semi-finished and finished goods to help diversify the economy, developing advanced technologies and innovation, and enabling sustainable development in alignment with the Kingdom’s National Transformation Program.


Asharq Al-Awsat – 6 November 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammed bin Salman inaugurated a program to build the first nuclear research reactor in the Kingdom during a visit to King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST), the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.


The program is one among the seven strategic ventures launched by the Crown Prince in the fields of renewable energy, atomic energy, water desalination, genetic medicine and aircraft design.


Another major milestone reviewed at the KACST headquarters include the Center for development of aircraft structures, a 27,000 square meters area dedicated to developing civilian and military aircraft structures.


The Crown Prince also laid the foundation stone for a genome laboratory for tackling genetic disease in the Kingdom. The National Laboratory of the Saudi Human Genome contains the latest technologies in the study of genetic code, and 100,000 samples which are being examined to create a medical database.


The Crown Prince also reviewed two solar-powered water desalination plants, one in Al-Khafji and the other in Yanbu, as well as satellite projects, including SaudiSAt 5A and SaudiSat 5B.


KACST focusses on attracting investment and development in research with the coordination of national scientific, technological and innovative policies and strategies.


Saudi Gazette – 5 October 2018

Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Justice Waleed Al-Sama’ani inaugurated the first labor courts in the Kingdom on Monday.


The specialized labor courts are a result of three years of continuous efforts by the Ministry of Labor and Social Development (MLSD) to increase transparency of the labor market and thereby boost investment and drive the economy towards development in line with the objectives of Vision 2030.


The minister said that all procedures at the new labor courts will be fully digitized to ensure speedy delivery of justice and better service to clients. He added that judges with diverse experiences were given sufficient training to handle labor cases.


Labor courts and panels started exercising their jurisdiction, as stipulated in the Civil Procedure Law, as of Monday, October 29, 2018.


The decision has also identified six minor types of cases that cannot be contested after a judgement has been issued by a first instance court. Cases with a financial claim less than SR20,000, claim of experience certificate, or worker’s documents kept by previous employer, and complaints against the decisions of the commissions on domestic employment fall in this category.


The Supreme Judicial Council also explained that cases registered at amicable settlement departments shall be referred to the labor courts and panels as soon as the courts began their works.


Moreover, competent departments shall continue to implement the decisions of commissions on labor dispute settlement regarding applications for enforcing the judgments of labor courts.


The labor courts will be connected to all government entities that deal with labor. The court will play a significant role in simplifying procedures and increasing the efficiency in conducting projects as well as ensuring employee’s security and protection at work.


Saudi Gazette – 30 October 2018