Beware of Bahrain's new blacklist! Employers hiring illegal workers to face new penalties under new policy

Published April 27th, 2014 - 09:35 GMT
Bahrain has also been in the process of implementing reforms for expatriate worker rights (File Archive/AFP)
Bahrain has also been in the process of implementing reforms for expatriate worker rights (File Archive/AFP)

Employers in Bahrain caught hiring illegal workers will be blacklisted and could face up to two years in jail and a fine of BD4,000 ($10,550), said a senior government official.

Those sheltering illegal workers who have run away from their bosses will also be prosecuted, added Labour Minister Jameel Humaidan, according to a report in the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.

The latest figures show 50,000 expatriate workers are no longer working for their original employer.

"We have increased inspections through joint teams comprising Labour Market Regulatory Authority inspectors and policemen, but greedy people continue to just think about making money," said Humaidan.

"Unfortunately, some believe what they are doing is right and that's why we are not able to contain the situation as it is, despite the numbers (of runaways) dropping."

Humaidan said the Legislation and Legal Opinion Commission was seeking to introduce a law that would bring labour accommodations under the Labour Ministry's jurisdiction.


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