Article 59

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Wage manipulation, non-payment or withholding of wages

Article 59 enumerates a number of forms or types of penalties sanctioned by the law. These include: notification and warning; deduction from the wage of the worker for a period not exceeding five days in respect of one violation; suspension from work together with non-payment of the wage for a period not exceeding five days in respect of one violation; suspension from work without pay or with reduced payment pending the adjudication of the criminal charge attributed to the worker, and if the worker is acquitted or if the charge against him is dropped the suspension shall be deemed to have never taken place and the worker shall be paid his entitlements during the suspension period; postponement of the grant of annual increment for a period not exceeding six months; postponement of promotion; dismissal from work with or without payment of the end of service gratuity.

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Article 59. The disciplinary penalties which may be inflicted on the workers are:

  1. Notification, which shall be deemed to have been achieved by a written letter to the worker containing a notification of the violation he has committed and requesting him not to repeat the commission thereof and warning him of the infliction of a severer penalty in case of repetition.
  2. Deduction from the wage of the worker for a period not exceeding five days in respect of one violation.
  3. Suspension from work together with non-payment of the wage for a period not exceeding five days in respect of one violation.
  4. Suspension from work without payment or with reduced payment pending the adjudication upon the criminal charge attributed to the worker and if the worker is acquitted or if the charge against him has been dropped the suspension shall be deemed to have never taken place and the worker shall be paid his entitlements during the suspension period.
  5. Postponement of the grant of annual increment for a period not exceeding six months or the non-payment therefrom in the establishments which maintain increments systems.
  6. Postponement of promotion for a period not exceeding one year in the establishments which maintain promotion systems.
  7. Dismissal from work with payment of the end of service gratuity. 8. Dismissal from work and non-payment of the end of service gratuity.

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.