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The Bahrain Labour Market Regulatory Authority (“LMRA”), in cooperation with the Nationality, Passports and Residence Affairs, has stepped up its inspection campaigns with the aim of cracking down on any prohibited practices that are detrimental to the labour market in Bahrain.
The inspection campaigns – which are primarily targeted towards illegal and undocumented expatriate workers in the Kingdom – has led to the arrest and deportation of several violating workers in line with the penalties prescribed under Law No. 19 of 2006 with respect to Regulation of the Labour Market (as amended) (“LMRA Law”).
The LMRA will continue liaising with the component authorities in Bahrain to inspect commercial registers with the aim of ensuring nationwide compliance with the LMRA’s rules and regulations.
Employers hiring foreign workers in the Kingdom of Bahrain should ensure that they take all required steps to formalise the employment and sponsorship of their employees, including the following:
In addition to the above, and with reference to the LMRA Law, employers must be cautious not to assign or second its sponsored employees to third parties, unless the relevant employee completes the regulatory requirements to legally transfer to another employer.
Where an entity employing foreign employees fails to comply with the LMRA Law, the following penalties may be imposed by the LMRA:
As a leading law firm in the Middle East & North Africa Region and with a reputable and dedicated employment practice, Al Tamimi & Company is well placed to advise you on visa/permit requirements for foreign employees.
If you would like to further discuss the contents of this update, please contact Al Tamimi & Company in Bahrain.