Compensation Health and safety
Articles 109-114 establish the rights of workers to receive appropriate medical treatment and compensation following a work related injury, disability or death. These articles also set the conditions for the claim of such compensation and the mechanism for the resolution of disputes in this regard.
The Supreme Council of Health is the Competent Medical Authority for these purposes. There is no right of challenge or appeal against its decisions.
Article 109. The Worker who sustains an Occupational Injury shall have the right to receive appropriate treatment at the cost of the Employer in accordance with the decision of the Competent Medical Authority.
The Worker shall receive full Remuneration throughout the period of treatment or for a period of six months, whichever of the two is less. If the treatment continues for more than six months, he shall receive half of his Remuneration until proof of cure or permanent incapability is stated, whichever of the two is earlier.
Article 110. The heirs of the worker who dies because of the work and the worker who sustains a work injury resulting in a partial or total permanent disability shall be entitled to receive compensation. The amount of compensation in case of death of the worker because of the work shall be calculated in accordance with the provisions of Islamic Sharia.
The work injury resulting in a total permanent disability shall be considered as a death of the worker. The proportion of the partial permanent disability to the permanent total disability shall be fixed in accordance with the schedule (2) of this Law and the amount of compensation in this case shall be calculated on the basis of this proportion from the amount of compensation provided for in the preceding paragraph.
Article 111. The provisions of the preceding two Articles shall not apply if any of the following has been proved:
- The worker had intended to injure himself.
- The worker was at the time of occurrence of the injury or death under the influence of a drug or liquor and that the said influence was the cause of the injury or death.
- The worker violated the instructions of the employer concerning the preservation of vocational health or safety or committed a gross negligence in the carrying out of these instructions.
- If the worker without a genuine cause refuses to subject himself to the check-up or adopt the treatment prescribed to him by the competent authority.
Article 112. If a dispute arises between the worker and the employer as to the ability of the worker to resume his work or as to any other medical matter related to the injury or disease or the treatment prescribed thereof or the applied treatment the Department shall refer the dispute to the competent medical authority. The decision of the said authority on the matters falling within its competence shall be final.
Article 113. The right of the worker to claim compensation for the disability or death shall extinguish by the lapse of one year from the date of the medical report containing the occurrence of the disability resulting from the injury or the confirmation of the occurrence of the disability because of any of the occupational diseases contained in schedule No. (1) Attached to this Law or from the date of the death of the worker.
Article 114. The Employer shall pay the compensation for the disability, within a period not exceeding fifteen days from the date that the disability of the Worker is proved, or from the date of announcing the result of the inquiries supporting the occurrence of the disability by reason of the Work.
The Employer shall deposit the compensation at the treasury of the competent court, within a period not exceeding fifteen days from the date of death, or from the date of the announcement of the result of the investigation which supports the occurrence of the death by reason of the Work. The court shall distribute the compensation amongst the heirs of the deceased, in accordance with the provisions of the Islamic Law (Shariah) or the personal law adopted in the country of the deceased. The compensation shall accrue to the public treasury of the State if three years lapse without determining the beneficiaries thereof.
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.