Posted on January 16, 2015

The Employer must transfer workers’ wages to their accounts at financial institutions in the State, and the annual or monthly wages of recruited workers are to be paid at least once a month, and the wages of all other workers are to be paid at least once every two weeks, as per a draft law issued by the Cabinet, said Gulf Times.

The Weekly Cabinet meeting, chaired by HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani at the Emiri Diwan, has issued the draft law amending some provisions of the Labor Law which was issued by law No 14 of the year 2004. The Cabinet then reviewed the Advisory Council’s recommendations on the draft law. The Minister of Labor and Social Affairs has issued the regulations to protect the workers’ wages.

The Cabinet approved draft decision of the Minister of Labor and Social Affairs on the wages protection system of workers who are subject to the Labor Law. Under the project, the Labor Inspection department in the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, shall take the measures to implement the Wage Protection System (WPS) for workers under Labor Law. The WPS aims to ensure that employers fulfill their obligation of paying the workers’ wages in a timely manner, and in accordance with their contracts and the applicable regulations in the State.

Employers are obliged to transfer wages of workers to financial institutions in the State, within seven days from the due date.The Labor Inspection department may request a detailed report, from the employer, on the payment of the workers’ wages. The Minister or his authorized representative may bring against an employer who violates the provisions of this resolution, any of the following:

  1. Cease granting new work permits.
  2. Or, Cease all dealings with the Ministry, excluding attesting the labor contracts.

Cessation is to be lifted by the Minister or his delegate, after the submitting proof of payment of all outstanding wages. The Cabinet also approved a draft Cabinet decision amending the regulations of some administrative units which make up Qatar Tourism Authority, and a draft decision of the Minister of Economy and Commerce on creating sections in the administrative units that make up the Qatar Tourism Authority and setting their terms of reference.

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The Cabinet approved the proposal of the Ministry of Municipality and Urban Planning on extending lease contracts for non-residential purposes, for one year as of 15/02/2015. The provisions of the mentioned legal extension excludes: the administrative headquarters of commercial companies and other legal persons engaged in private trade, offices of lawyers, accountants, engineers, veterinarians, clinics and the offices of agriculture, animal husbandry and fishery experts.

The Cabinet also approved Accession to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits arising from their utilization annexed to the Convention on Biological Diversity. The Cabinet also approved a draft agreement on the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income between the government of Qatar and Japan, and the protocol attached to it and a draft air services agreement between the governments of Qatar and Latvia.

The Council reviewed the following topics and took appropriate decisions:

  1. A letter by the Minister of Justice on the proposal to amend Article 182 of the Penal Code promulgated by Law No. (11) for the year 2004.
  2. Memorandum of the Minister of Finance on the results of 11th Conference of the Federation of the tax authorities in the Islamic States which was held in Tunisia during the month of December 2014.
  3. Letter of the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology on the outcome of the 18th meeting of the Council of Arab Ministers of Communications and Information Technology, which was held in Cairo in December 2014.