Guidelines About Working Hours in Saudi Arabia

Articles under the labor law and their implications: According to article ninety eight no worker is allowed to work for more than eigh...

Articles under the labor law and their implications:

According to article ninety eight no worker is allowed to work for more than eight hours a day. If anyone is found re adjusting the daily work span then it must be kept in mind that the total sum of working hours at the end of the week must not be more than forty eight hours. The limit for the working hours is clearly defined in Saudi Labor Law. When it comes to the month of Ramadan there is a little less stress on the Muslim workers or employees. Eight working hours per day are reduced to six working hours in this month. And in this way total sum of working hours comes out to be thirty six hours per week. You can read more about this article on “Approved 38 amendments in Saudi Labor Law October 2015”.

If we look up at the article ninety nine under the Labor Law it is clearly defined that working hours can be increased from eight to nine hours per day in some specific industries. For working hours to exceed it must be ensured that the worker is not working continuously rather working in shifts or with intervals. In the same way working hours for some specific industries where work is of dangerous nature the working hours can be reduced from eight to seven hours. These permits will be given after Minister’s decision.

Article 100 under the law states that a worker is supposed to apply for ministry’s approval if he wants to increase the working hours; but only if the worker is doing job in shifts or with intervals then he is eligible for application. It is stated under this article that it must be checked that the average count of working hours of three weeks should be equal to eight hours per day and forty eight hours per week. This criterion must be met in order to apply for the increment in the working hours. There is flexibility in doing jobs over there as limited workload is implied on workers.

Article 101 under the law states that no worker is allowed to work consecutively for more than five hours without taking a break that may be for meal or prayer time. The duration of break defined is half an hour. In the same way a worker is not allowed to work for more than twelve hours a day. The duration of break is not counted in the sum of working hours. A worker can do anything in break time because he is not answerable to his boss during that duration. The details have been given in article 102 regarding this issue.
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The details of this Labor Act are also provided on these links:
Read in Article (106) of Saudi Labor Law 
Read in Saudi Labor Law Article (108) 
Similarly for overtime work the following link will provide you details:
For Vacations or Leaves policy Visit the following link:
“Vacations and Leaves under Saudi Labor Law”

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