By Innovation-sa on November 25, 2018 in News

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