Legal help for expat workers

EXPAT workers facing legal disputes with their employers will get a helping hand from the authorities.

The Justice, Islamic Affairs and Endowments Ministry and the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) yesterday announced a joint initiative to provide administrative assistance in filing civil lawsuits for workers registered with approved labour registration centres.

The move builds on the initiative launched by the ministry and LMRA in 2020, facilitating the filing of labour cases by expatriate workers.

According to the joint initiative, the LMRA, represented by the protection and grievances centre, will provide administrative assistance to registered workers in filing and following up the progress of civil lawsuits related to their authorised profession, through an electronic system created for this purpose.

The system will provide the applicant with all the information needed to review the progress of the application, from the filing of the case until the issuance of the judgement, as well as providing a list of registered lawyers to seek legal advice in disputes related to these cases.

The LMRA shall continue to provide administrative assistance to workers registered in the approved labour registration centres, by processing civil lawsuits at the behest of the workers, entering any new requests like changes in information and contact numbers, or submitting documents, and printing statements, decisions, rationale and working of the judgement or any other documents related to the case, via the system on behalf of the worker and as per the ministry’s procedures.

Meanwhile the ministry will provide all technical support to the LMRA to perform its duties.

The LMRA will also provide qualified translators.





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