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Christiana O'Connell-Schizas

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In brief Employers have been facing many difficult and untested employment law issues over the last year and a half with COVID-19 and the impact it is having on their business. One of the most critical of these issues is whether they can make vaccination compulsory for their employees. On 7 May 2021, the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (“MHRSD”) announced that it would be mandatory for public and private sector workers…

Today, 4 November 2020, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (“MHRSD”) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia launched the Labor Reform Initiative under the National Transformation Program to enhance the contractual relationship between employees and employers in the Kingdom. It applies to all foreign national employees working in the private sector and will come into effect on 14 March 2021. Key features include: Transfer of employee without the current employer’s consent.Travel outside the…

In brief Recent developments in the labour laws of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have been issued to bridge the gender- pay gap between men and women. The updates have been in relation to: (i) prohibiting discrimination, whether in pay or otherwise, between male and female employees who carry out the same job in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain; (ii) introducing paternity leave in the UAE; and (iii) granting female…

Over the last few days, there have been a number of significant developments in Saudi Arabia that the government is instituting to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on the private sector. These are in addition to the general government initiatives to assist small and medium sized enterprises that we previously reported on 22 March 2020, and the seven Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) initiatives for all private sector entities, including lifting the…

To navigate the most-pressing issues facing multinational employers amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Baker McKenzie COVID-19 Global Employer Guide offers jurisdiction-specific guidance across 41 countries including in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Download the Guide now to read the latest employment law guidance on issues including: legal requirements, practical and operational considerations, and emerging government regulation related to the outbreak. For more information on the virus’ multidisciplinary business and legal implications for your company, visit Baker McKenzie’s Coronavirus Resource Center and contact your Baker…