Bahrain announces new labour reforms to increase migrants’ protection

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The government of Bahrain has announced a proposed set of new labour market reforms that will replace Flexi Permits.

Flexi permit allows expatriates to live freely in the Kingdom of Bahrain and work in any non-specialised occupation without a sponsor for a renewable period of one or two years.

The changes in the proposed new reforms, which have been announced by the Crown Prince and Prime Minister of Bahrain are said to increase protection for expatriate workers and streamline processes involved with registering for work or change of employment. 

The reforms, which would be implemented by Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), include: 

1.The establishment of new labour registration centres and an online registration portal to increase ease of worker registration 

2.Guaranteed Labour Market Regulatory Authority representation for any disputes between employee and employer 

3.New measures to link work permits to vocational and occupational standards to increase safety and protections in places of work 

Under the reforms, which will be implemented by the Kingdom’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority, inspections to identify employers engaged in illegal activity will be increased to safeguard the rights of employers, workers, and the Kingdom’s business community. 

The changes will also provide a more robust structure to allow employers to have greater flexibility to pay and source labour, driving growth of the private sector which sits at the heart of the Kingdom’s ongoing development. (Source: Gulf Insider)

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