Article 135

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Labour inspection

Article 135 establishes the “Work Inspection Organ” as part of the Labour Department.

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According to a report comissioned by the government of Qatar and published by DLA Piper, in 2013 there were 200 labour inspectors employed by the Labour Inspection Department, to cover 1.9 million migrant workers and thousands of construction sites.

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Article 135. An authority shall be established within the Department to be named the “Work Inspection Authority”, to observe the application of the legislations related to protection of the Workers, and shall have branches throughout the country.

This Authority shall comprise an adequate number of the Department officials, determined by a decision issued by the Minister, to be called “work inspectors”. It shall be allowed to seek support of the experts in the different specializations, whenever the work in the Authority so requires.

Law / Qatar / Labour Law No. 14 of 2004

Qatar Labour Law 2004 governs the terms of employment of the majority of workers working in Qatar. The Labour Law sets out the minimum entitlements of workers employed in Qatar, and as such, it contains a number of important protections for workers, prohibits child labour, prohibits recruiting foreign workers by or through unlicensed recruiters or agencies,bans recruitment agencies from charging recruitment fees, and provides for mechanisms to enforce its provisions.

Any stipulations contrary to the provisions of the Labour Law are void unless more advantageous to the employee.