Article 145

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Under Article 145 of the Labour Code the breach of section 66, this is of the employer’s obligation to pay workers’ wages timely and through a bank transfer to a bank account in a Qatari bank, is penalised with up to 1 month of imprisonment, or a fine ranging from 2,000 to 6,000 Riyals, or both.

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This provision was introduced in the Labour Code by Act No. 1 of 2015 in order to make it easier for migrant workers and for the government to scrutinise and document any late or non-existing payments. Under this provision companies will be required to pay their employees through direct bank transfers. Under Art. 145 of the Labour Code, employers in violation of the amendment could face jail time of up to one month and fines of QR2,000 to QR6,000. While the ‘Wage Protection System’ introduced in this provision was meant to come into force in August 2015, the Qatari government has delayed the implementation date until November 2015, to allow companies more time to prepare.

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Article 145. Any person who violates any of the provisions of section 66 of this law shall be sentenced to a maximum imprisonment of one month, and to a minimum fine of two thousand Riyals and a maximum fine of six thousand Riyals or to either penalty.

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.