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We are excited to share the latest edition of the Law Update, beautifully and appropriately titled “Sustainable Horizons: The Saudi Arabian Vision.” Giving special honor to the Kingdom’s 2030 vision, this update focuses on a collection of both informative and inspiring articles.
For those in construction, you can learn about how the tendering environment impacts risk-pricing for contractors, the updates on the legal framework of the construction industry and how contractors can protect themselves against financial difficulties.
There is good news too from the kingdom’s banking sector, from which the practice of “Open Banking” is being pushed for! But what is open banking? We’re answering that too.
Also . . . Are there any women trail blazers in Saudi Arabia you can name? We’ll help you with that. We cover how the Middle East has been making strides in empowering women in the entrepreneurial space,most notably in STEM fields.Read the full edition
Arif Mawany - Head of Corporate Commercial - Oman - Commercial / Corporate / Mergers and Acquisitions / Capital Markets
Under the current provisions of Omani labour law (the “Labour Law”) private sector employers are required to provide medical facilities to their expatriate employees working in Oman. For larger companies, the Labour Law imposes an additional obligation on the private sector entity to employ a qualified nurse, provide access to specialist doctors and complementary medicine. Many employers have chosen to satisfy these obligations by providing a medical insurance policy to their expatriate employees under which the insurance company pays the private hospital for treatment rendered to the insured employee. Under existing provisions of the Labour Law, Omani nationals are not often beneficiaries of a dedicated healthcare policy in the same way as their expatriate colleagues. The cost of their treatment at Government hospitals is borne by their employers, who do not, in general, cover the cost of private healthcare for their employees.
Under the new rules, Omani nationals will be entitled to a private healthcare insurance policy, affording them access to a wider range of health institutions. In respect of expatriates, the new rules are likely to impose stricter obligations on deviant employers who do not comply with the existing Labour Law requirements outlined above.
The new regulations are expected to be issued by the Ministry of Health during 2018. The effects are likely to be significant and will undoubtedly reduce the strain currently experienced by Government owned hospitals in Oman, which generally cater for Omani nationals only, by diverting existing users of Government facilities to the private healthcare sector. Recent studies show that only 9% of Omani nationals in the private sector are beneficiaries of healthcare insurance.
A further update will be published once the new rules have been brought into force.
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