King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa
King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa

The Labor Market Regulatory Authority announced the official start of the implementation of the first phase of the wages protection system on the first of this May, praising the response of 92% of the employers targeted at this stage to the application, while coordination is taking place with the rest of the employers to complete the readiness.


The CEO of the Labor Market Regulatory Authority, Mr. Jamal Abdul Aziz Al-Alawi, said that based on the Cabinet's decision regarding the application of the wage protection system, and appended to the decision of His Excellency the Minister of Labor and Social Development, No. (22) of 2021 regarding the stages of implementing the system for workers in the private sector establishments, The authority began implementing the first phase of the wages protection system, which targets employers who employ 500 workers or more, indicating that the authority has sensed a wide response from employers at this stage.

He pointed out that the authority was keen to facilitate all procedures related to joining the system, as the business owner should initiate the opening of bank accounts for all workers registered in the facility (Bahrainis and expatriates) in a commercial bank or financial institution licensed and approved by the Central Bank of Bahrain, without the need for Visit the authority.

"The system, in its electronic form, contributes to strengthening the control process and ensuring that employers fulfill their obligations towards workers," he added, noting that financial and banking institutions will send a statement of monthly wages payment periodically according to the approved methods to the Labor Market Regulatory Authority, which in turn will ensure the percentage of commitment Institutions pay wages.

Al-Alawi praised the initiative of nearly 92% of the employers targeted in the first stage by joining the wage protection system in part, that is, they paid the majority of workers' wages through the system, stressing that the authority communicates with employers directly to confirm full commitment to pay the wages of the workers registered with them, He explained that the system granted a grace period of six months with the beginning of the application, during which the authority works to follow up with the employers and to overcome any difficulties that may prevent registration in the system during the prescribed period.