[Jordan's] Labour Ministry inspectors have issued warnings to 475 workplaces over the past week to address violations registered against them within seven days or face being shut down, Labour Minister Nidal Katamine said Saturday.
In a statement e-mailed to The Jordan Times, Katamine stressed that the ministry will continue to crack down on all companies and recruitment agencies that violate labour regulations.
“We call on employers to abide by the regulations to spare themselves fines or any other legal action. Our goal is to ensure that everyone adheres to the regulations,” he said.
Katamine stressed that the ministry’s inspectors will continue their field visits, with a special focus on domestic helper recruitment agencies.
“We will not hesitate to shut down any recruitment office violating the law,” the minister said.
“The ministry calls on employers to give priority to hiring unemployed Jordanians  instead of violating regulations, he noted.
In previous remarks, Katamine said the ministry has created a database to blacklist employers who do not abide by the regulations governing the recruitment process, adding that first-time offenders will be subject to fines of between JD200 and JD500, while repeat offenders are less likely to be allowed to recruit guest workers in the future.