Kuwait Panel Upholds Decision to Increase Private Sector Annual Leave to 35 Days

Employees based overseas and even those back home often get excited to know just how many leaves they get to avail from work in a year. This is in consideration of the public holidays as well as the other leave benefits they accumulate during their tenure at work in the company.

Who wouldn’t be excited about these things, though? Just imagine the things you could do outside of work with your loved ones – travel, attend important events, and basically have fun.

Kuwait Panel Upholds Decision to Increase Private Sector Annual Leave to 35 Days
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Employees in Private Sector in Kuwait May Soon Have 35 Annual Leaves

The health and social affairs committee of the National Assembly has recently agreed to increase the annual leave of employees in the private sector from 30 to 35, as part of the series of amendments proposed to the labour law, as shared in a report by the Kuwait Times.

According to MP Osama Al-Shaheen, the proposed amendment will apply to both Kuwaitis and expats working in the country.

At present, the annual leave in the private sector is at 30, not including Fridays. This number has already been raised several years ago, when the labour law underwent major changes.

Moreover, the lawmaker also shared that the committee has approved a draft law which regulates charity work in the country. As per the proposed bill, stricter penalties will be applied to those who raise charity funds without a valid license. Likewise, the bill also sanctions tougher penalties against those o criticise charitable work in the country.

Furthermore, Shaheen disclosed that MPs intend to request the National Assembly to give priority in evaluating two legislations submitted to the assembly.

The first one is the requirement for foreign visitors to have medical insurance that will cover the duration of their stay here in Kuwait. The said legislation aims to prevent foreigners from coming into the country to get medical treatment, whereas the second bill aims to establish a food authority in the country.

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