Kuwait Law: Amendments to the Kuwait Labor Law

Post by Fajer Ahmed

Major legal changes to the Kuwait Labor Law (6/2010) were issued today (July 9) and they’re to the benefit of employees. I have simplified the most important points and explained them below:

When can you apply for a holiday (paid leave)?
Previously: You can apply for leave after working for 9 months
Now: You can apply for leave after working for 6 months

How do you calculate the amount of leave days you have?
Previously: 6 days a week, even if Saturdays are not working days
Now: 5 days a week, employer can’t include weekends
The minimum amount of leave days a year by law is 30 days. With the new law if you take 30 days off that would amount to a total of 6 weeks since weekends can no longer be included in your leave.

Termination indemnity for Kuwaitis
Previously: When you quit your job the company would deduct the amount they paid towards your social security from your severance package
Now: Employer cannot deduct you social security payments from your severance package
Some companies are now issuing cheques for the previous employees with the amounts they had deducted

Kuwait is progressing noticeably and these new updates to the labor law are a great change.

For any legal inquiries, please email me on ask@fajerthelawyer.com and my team or I will get back to you within 24 hours.

Post by Fajer Ahmed – Legal Counsel
The legal opinions expressed in this post are those of the author Fajer. Opinions expressed by Mark or any other writer on 248am.com are those of the individual’s and in no way reflect Fajer’s opinion.

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  1. Ali says:

    Süper!

  2. Ali says:

    Are the changes effective immediately?

  3. IMAN says:

    In that case companies will try to save its money by returning SAT as a working day or a half day.

  4. Ghadeer says:

    Can an employee ask theit former employer to pay them back what they had deducted for social services payments? Can this new law be applied to previous employment? Thanks.

  5. naila says:

    so what happens if the company still does not follow the rules? can the employees still do anything about it, other then going to the shoun?

      • superfailz says:

        my personal experience with lawyers in kuwait has been terrible. one of them robbed 500kd on top of the 3k we had paid him for a lost case and by lost I mean, he knew from the start that it was a lost case and should’ve advised against filing it, after consulting other friends, i was told to back out before a verdict is reached. becareful when dealing with them! anyhow, his fees were 3k, the 500KD was some extra bullshit he made to squeeze some more money out of us.

    • aaa says:

      Going to the shoun is the way to get a company to follow the rules. They tend to favor employees in cases where a law is clearly broken.

  6. forzaq8 says:

    I don’t think you should count Saturday as a weekend , the decree claim to make it even with government employee and Saturday for them is a rest day not a weekend when you calculate vacations and it is included

  7. Xtina says:

    Question about the calculation of leave days, does it apply to employees in the government sector as well ? Cause they’ve always included the weekends.

  8. Jay says:

    Point no. 2 does not make sense. Can someone explain using proper English?

    How do you calculate the amount of leave days you have?
    Previously: 6 days a week, even if Saturdays are not working days
    Now: 5 days a week, employer can’t include weekends

    • D says:

      Leave days will be only counted from Sunday-Thursday. A lot of companies would include weekends if employees were taking thursday and sunday off. They would count that as 4 days instead of 2. They can’t anymore.

      • Mark says:

        yup exactly, previously employers would include saturday as part of your leave even if you had saturday off (2 days weekends). Now employers can’t do that and the week is calculated as 5 days not 6.

  9. naila says:

    does anyone have the law translated in arabic?

  10. NG says:

    Inclusion of Saturday in leave was the most archaic of laws I have seen – its not the case even in other GCC countries.

    Thank god they have rectified this now.

  11. Rocky says:

    Saturdays are still working days for most of kuwait companies. What about that?
    And many still hold the employers passport – nothing really changing here.

    • aaa says:

      Is it really most? Every large private company I can think of off the top of my head does not work Saturdays.

  12. Jonathan Rowlands says:

    basically these laws have been amended for kuwaiti’s … good luck to the indian guy trying to get 2 days holiday back on a 2 week break !.. be lucky to see his passport again ! … still living in the dark ages .. but dont worry .. they are gonna build another 100 malls somewhere to make everyone feel better again LMAO

  13. Jehan says:

    @Mark @Fajer
    Does this apply to the public sector too or just the private sector?

    Anyone have the link to the official newly changed law?

  14. J says:

    To be clear on Termination indemnity for Kuwaitis….

    Previously: When you quit your job the company would deduct the amount they paid towards your social security from your severance package
    Now: Employer cannot deduct you social security payments from your severance package

    So how does the company get the money back? Do they go through something other than your severance package?

  15. Abdullah Ali says:

    Thanks, Ms. Fajer

  16. James says:

    6 days off per year! will it be the same for employees with only Friday off?

    • Rey says:

      You mean 6weeks off per year.. yes even if you have only 1 day off a week i think you are still entitled of a 6 weeks off.

  17. Laua says:

    So what happens if the company gives you saturdays off but still considers them “working days”, only you don’t have to show up? That is the case in my company, and even though we have two day weekends, we have saturdays deducted if we take two or more consecutive weeks, as “they are working days, we just give you permission not to come to the office”

  18. Moi says:

    Only friday would not count in annual holiday

  19. Albert says:

    Can I request my summer leave this year according to this new calculation? Do we have to wait for the next Summer?

  20. Khalid says:

    Based on my understanding of Article 70 of the labor law (2010) and the amendment to the article that was published in Kuwait Al-Yawm, Fajer’s interpretation is incorrect.

    Before the update, the Article 70 of the Labor Law (2010) specified that employees in the private sector are allowed 30 days’annual leave after completing nine months of service, and those 30 days did not include public holidays or sick leave.

    The amendment to the article now states that employees are eligible to use their accrued leave after six months (instead of the previous nine). However, the amount of leave an employee accrues in a year after the new amendment is the same (30 days). The amendment further clarifies that those 30 days of leave will not only exclude public holidays or sick days (as did the previous version), but will also exclude weekly holidays i.e. weekend.

    In terms of weekends in Kuwait, the labor law explicitly states that employees in the private sector are entitled to 24 hours of rest after six continuous work days. A work day is defined as an eight-hour day, and the work week should not exceed 48 hours.

    The labor law doesn’t mention a specific day of the week which should be set as a weekend, and the amendment doesn’t specifically mention that Saturdays won’t be deducted from the employee’s leave balance. The amendment only specifies that companies cannot deducted the weekly holiday from the employee’s leave balance when that employee goes on leave.

    Since all companies in Kuwait close on Fridays anyway, then it will be the Friday that doesn’t get deducted (as has always been the case). As such, Saturdays can still be deducted from employees’ leave balance.


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