Saudi Gazette reports that Saudi Arabia’s Shoura Council has voted on making some substantial changes in employment law. The changes include the formalization of a 40-hour, 5-day workweek (at least for Saudi employees); the possibility of extending a new worker’s probationary period from 90 to 180 days; and extending bereavement leave for Muslim women from 15 to 130 days in the event their husband dies. It’s not clear from the reporting just which of the programs might apply to foreign workers, but in the absence of explicit application, I have to assume they do not apply.
Shoura panel approves two-day weekend, extended probation
Saudi Gazette report
RIYADH — The Shoura Council has approved extending the probationary period of Saudi employees from three to six months, a local newspaper reported.
The Administration and Human Resources Committee in the Shoura Council reviewed and studied amendments to the labor law as suggested by the Ministry of Labor.
The decision will allow Saudis ample time to learn and function adequately in their new jobs.
Article 53 of the current labor law states that a Saudi employee is subjected to a 90-day trial period, and it must be clearly stated in the employment contract.
The amendment states that an employee is subjected to a 90-day trial period, but it could be extended to 180 days through a written agreement.