Maximum 6 months in prison, $ 26,666 fine for employer allowing personal work: Saudi official


RIYAD The General Directorate of Passports (Jawazat) stressed on Sunday that the employer, which allows its workers to take up jobs for their own benefit or to work with other employers, will be punished with a maximum prison term of six months and fines of up to SR 100,000.

The employer will also face a recruitment ban for up to five years, the Saudi press agency reported citing Jawazat’s sources.

The employer will be expelled if he is an expatriate. The fine will be multiplied by the number of people involved in the violation of labor law regulations.

The Jawazat called on the public to report violations of residence and border security regulations by calling the toll-free number 911 in the Makkah and Riyadh areas, and 999 in all other areas of the Kingdom.

The Jawazat had earlier warned that a maximum prison term of six months and fines of up to Rand 50,000 would be imposed on expatriates who engage in jobs for their own personal benefit.

The independent expatriate will be deported after serving a prison sentence and paying fines.

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