Article 40



Abuse of vulnerability Coercive, unfair or deceptive recruitment Employment contracts Forced labour

Article 40 provides that employment contracts for a limited duration cannot exceed 5 years.


This implies that workers cannot be legally required to work for an employer for more than 5 years.

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Article 40. If the service contract is of a limited duration, the duration thereof shall not be more than five years. This period may be renewed for a similar period or periods by agreement of the two parties.

If the contract has not been renewed and the parties thereto continue to abide by it after expiry of its duration without an explicit agreement, the contract shall be considered to have been renewed for unlimited duration on the same conditions provided for therein.

The renewed duration shall be considered to be an extension of the previous duration and the period of service of the worker shall be calculated as starting from the date of his entering the service of the employer for the first time.

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.