Workers’ consent not needed for 5% exit permit

DOHA: The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (MADLSA) has affirmed that the employer has the complete right of determining five percent of their employees who will need exit permit.

It said that the employer does not need any consent or approval by the employees while making lists of those five percent employees who will require exit permit for leaving the country.

“The workers’ approval for placing five percent employees on exit permit lists is not required as it is the right of the employers,” Mohammed Ali Al Meer, Director of Labour Inspection Department at the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs said.

He said this during an awareness workshop held at Qatar Chamber headquarters and attended by a representative from the Ministry of Interior and private company representatives.

The workshop is part of a series of awareness programmes organised by Ministry of Interior, MADLSA and Qatar Chamber to shed light on the recent amendments in the law regulating the entry and exit of expatriates and their residency.

On a question about the new mechanism of how to apply for exit permit for the five percent employees, Al Meer said that it would be like the same procedures as practiced before, through Metrash2.

He also asked the companies to respect new amendment and know that the workers now do not need exit permit but “they should also develop their work systems to avoid any problems by workers”. “In case, any worker commits any violation of law and is not in the list of employees who need prior approval of exit permit, the employers must report about him to authorities concerned to ban him from traveling,” he said.

Representatives of the companies expressed their understanding of the legal amendments, appreciating the government efforts to improve the rights of workers. The MADLSA will start tomorrow (Sunday) receiving requests from private companies seeking exit permit requirement for five percent of their employees under the new law.

 Source: The Peninsula Qatar