Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to Qatar as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’. 

Qatar: Under-reporting heat deaths

A BBC investigation has uncovered widespread under-reporting of fatalities due to heat stress …

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Qatar: Expanding the social security system to the private sector

A new law has expanded social security coverage to all nationals working in the private sector …

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Qatar: New mandatory health insurance system introduced

Foreign workers must receive a basic level of health care benefit, paid by their employer …

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Qatar: Marriage bonus raised to QR300,000 for Qataris

Government seeks to encourage marriage to help bolster native population …

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Qatar: Employees can report labour violations, file complaints online

Measures to deal with the pandemic have accelerated the development of online ways that an employee may report a labour law violation …

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Qatar: Exceptional entry permit not required for those out of Qatar for less than 6 months

An exceptional entry permit will not be required for residents and visitors with a work visa …

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Qatar: GTA announces extending tax return submission until 31 December 2021

The General Tax Authority (GTA) has extended the period for submitting the tax return for the fiscal year 2020 for companies and establishments owned by Qatari citizens and citizens of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries (GCC), which are exempt from income tax for a period of four months …

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Qatar: New legislation provides greater protection to workers from heat stress

Under newly issued regulations, employers must not permit work outdoors between 10:00 and 15:30 from 1st June to 15th September …

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Qatar: Ministry launches first phase of Unified Platform for Complaints & Whistleblowers

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs (ADLSA) has launched the first phase of the “Unified Platform for Complaints and Whistleblowers”, which allows employees to file whistleblower complaints regarding violations of the Labour Law (Law No …

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Qatar: Human Rights Watch calls on Qatar to dismantle male guardianship laws

Human rights bodies are putting the government under increasing pressure to repeal the “male guardianship law” and ignore the wahhabi interpretation of Islam …

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Qatar: Government introduces $275 compulsory minimum wage for all workers (2021)

A new retrospective minimum wage of 1000 riyals ($275) is applicable to all contracts signed since 1st August 2020 …

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Qatar: Labour Law 18/20

Labour Law 18/20 now obliges employers providing accommodation to meet certain strict standards; allows both employers and employees to terminate employment, with (one or two months) notice, both during a probation period and thereafter; introduces a requirement to give notice to the Ministry of Administrative Development before declaring a redundancy; and reduces maximum post-compete clauses to one year …

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Qatar: End to Kafala

A former law requiring migrant employees to obtain permission from their employer to change employment has been rescinded …

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Qatar: Private offices to have 80% workforce in office from July 28

Private sector company offices are allowed to reopen, but only if they operate with the maximum of 80% of their workforce present in the workplace …

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Qatar: Visa-free arrival to Russia

Qatari and Russian citizens will now be able to visit each other’s country without a visa and stay up to 90 days, provided that their passports are valid for a period of at least 6 months …

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