Paying wages of domestic workers through banks will become a legal binding soon, assured the CEO of the Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA), Osama Al-Absi.
He noted that opening a bank account in the name of the domestic workers and transferring the wages to them protects the employer’s right and stops claims of unpaid wages by domestic workers.
Al-Absi stressed not to deal with institutions or people who provide hourly domestic workers. He confirmed that all of these institutions, without exception, were illegal and use run-away domestic workers. He said that these run-away and illegal workers enter houses, know lots of family secrets and might result in thefts or other crimes.
He affirmed to deal with the only official and licensed manpower offices, explaining that these official and licensed manpower offices were inspected four times a year and take from them a guaranteed amount of BD10,000 to reserve people’s rights.
We received a lot of complaints and inquiries regarding the mechanisms of recruitment of domestic workers and the like, and how to protect the rights of the business owner in these dealings
He assured that issuing an insurance policy for the domestic worker with an amount that does not exceed BD70 for two years was great protection of the owners’ rights in all circumstances. It, he added, compensates for the payment of the cost of recruitment in addition to the return ticket.
He explained that if the housemaid returns to the manpower recruitment office for any reason, the employers should not accept any delay of transferring or deporting the worker or returning your money for more than one week. If he said, the time exceeds one week, submit a complaint at LMRA headquarters or any service branch so that LMRA will be able to solve the issue quickly.
He concluded that in legal principles, the domestic worker does not differ from any other worker, working according to the principle of reward for effort and according to the constitution of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the criminal law and the law against trafficking in persons. It, he said, was not obligatory to compel any person to work if he or she refuses to work.