By Fajer Ahmed
Today I want to speak from an employer’s perspective and their important duties and responsibilities towards employees. I know running a business may be difficult, but it is to the benefit of the employer to follow the law and make sure that their employees are treated fairly. Please follow the following:
- Under no circumstances should you hold passports. You should never ask your employees for their passports as you have no legal right to hold them under any circumstances.
- Employee monetary benefits such as indemnity cannot be withheld for any reason (other than debt to the company, but that is done in a certain way). You cannot withhold indemnity rights because the person is refusing to do what you requested.
- Depending on when the employee leaves the company and whether they have been terminated or not, you may have to pay for the full 3-month notice period, even if you don’t ask the employee to stay in the company.
- The 100-day probation period is not three months but actually 100 working days. If the employee works 5 days a week, that is around 5 months that you have to try out this employee and see if they are a good fit for the company.
- Always make sure employees are registered at the shuoon and have a copy of their written agreement with them. Always also make sure their salaries are transferred to them through bank transfer.
- Salaries should be transferred monthly in a timely manner.
- Deductions should be made after written warnings are given in clear writing.
There is a lot more to be understood as an employer, but I hope the above helped.