Ministerial Decree No.13

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Labour inspection

The Ministerial Decree No.13 sets out the regulations applicable to the Inspectorate, its duties and powers, and organizes the procedures for the inspection of work.

In terms of enforcement powers, the Labour Inspections Department can:

  • consult with an employer on how to remedy a breach;
  • issue notices to remedy breaches, requiring remedial action within prescribed time periods); and
  • issue reports on any breaches to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, and refer breaches to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs to order remedial action.

 

Notes

The Labour Inspection Department does not have the power to impose financial penalties on employers and / or sponsors, although it does have the power to blacklist a company. It also does not have the power to suspend the activities of the employer, but can recommend financial penalties, closure or suspension of a business to the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, which can choose to follow this recommendation in consultation with the Supreme Judiciary Council. The Labour Inspection Department can also recommend revocation of any relevant licences of the employer.

Decree / 22 August 2005 /Qatar / Minister of Civil Service Affairs and Housing Decree No. 13/2005

The Ministerial Decree No.13 sets out the regulations applicable to the Inspectorate, its duties and powers, and organizes the procedures for the inspection of work. Ministerial Decree No 13 provides for leaders of the Inspectorate (from the Labor Inspection Body) to issue instructions to the inspectors and for the inspectors to provide information and guidelines related to “good execution of the labor law” to employers and employees.

If inspections are triggered by a complaint, the Labour Inspection Department will keep the complainant’s identity confidential from the employer and will not inform them that the inspection was triggered by a complaint.