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LMRA advocates vigilant oversight and timely fees

TDT | Manama                                                   

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Committing to the principles of an organized and fair labour market, the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) in the Kingdom reaffirmed its dedication to updating and developing legislation.

This commitment aims to ensure a market that caters to the needs of all stakeholders, preserves their rights, guarantees social security, and fosters economic growth in alignment with defined objectives, LMRA said.

Responding to inquiries posed by MP Basma Abdulkareem Mubarak on the mechanism for collecting due and overdue fees, the LMRA underscored that permits are contingent upon the payment of prescribed fees.

Neither issuance nor renewal occurs without fulfilling this financial obligation.

Employers, in accordance with Article (42) of the pertinent law and Prime Minister’s Decision No. (26) of 2008, are subject to monthly fees for each foreign worker they employ.

These fees extend to work permits and residence permits for the worker’s family members, the Parliament was told.

The LMRA emphasized the advanced collection of work permit issuance fees.

Failure to meet this obligation results in non-issuance, rendering the permit invalid.

Late and overdue fees, tied to monthly calculations based on the number of foreign workers employed, are limited to the beginning of each Gregorian month.

The LMRA clarified that it is actively working on collecting both current monthly fees and those unpaid over the years, reaching a commendable 98% collection rate.

Collection procedures The LMRA’s fee collection procedures, instituted since its inception, involve sending monthly fee invoices and late payment fines to registered employers via specified email addresses.

The Authority has also established multiple channels for fee collection.

This proactive approach ensures the integrity of the labour market and the financial obligations essential for its smooth functioning, the Parliament was informed.