Saudi Arabia has put in place new rules for domestic workers. These rules include a ban on hiring house workers who are younger than 21 years old. Employers who break these rules can be fined up to SR20,000.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) is responsible for handling complaints, settling disputes, and keeping an eye on any violations by employers or domestic workers. These rules state that all timeframes and dates are to be calculated using the Gregorian calendar, unless stated otherwise in the domestic work contract.
Any conditions or exceptions that go against these rules are considered invalid during the contract’s duration, except when they benefit the domestic worker. Any money owed to the domestic worker or their heirs is given top priority, and the worker and their heirs have the right to collect these owed amounts from all of the employer’s assets.
Furthermore, if a domestic worker wants to file a lawsuit for rights mentioned in these rules or stemming from the work contract, they must do so within 12 months of the contract’s expiration date. Otherwise, the court won’t consider the case unless there’s a valid reason or acknowledgment of the worker’s rights by the employer.