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New rules to protect foreign workers in Bahrain

Bahrain’s Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) has introduced new rules for recruitment agencies, which will require them to deposit BD10,000 ($26,500) in a bank account for dealing with problems involving foreign workers.

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Labour reforms 'key to job creation'

Reforms in labour markets and social protection are key to job creation in the Arab world. This was the conclusion of a three-day forum in Riyadh where ministers, representatives from international organisations, private sector an

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US upbeat as new jobless claims fall

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week to the lowest level in nearly a month, a hopeful sign for the labor market, while holiday retail sales rose in November and December. Initial claim

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Bahrain firms dispute expat worker fee

Bahrain's business community has launched a petition against the reintroduction of a tax on foreign workers, a report said. The government announced last month that the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) would start col

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Saudi among ‘best performing G20 countries’

Saudi Arabia has been one of the best performing G20 economies in recent years, and has supported the global economy through its stabilizing role in the global oil market, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was quoted as saying in a report.

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Bahrain deports over 2,000 illegal workers

Bahrain has deported a total of 2,207 illegal workers during the past three months in a crackdown launched by the Nationality, Passport and Residence Affairs and the Labour Market Regulatory Authority. Interior Ministry Under-Secr

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Wages edge up for Bahrainis in private sector

Average wages for Bahrainis in the private sector increased by just one per cent in the first quarter of the year, compared to the same period last year, said a senior government official. The average private sector salary rose fr

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77pc of Bahrain workforce expatriate

More than three quarters of Bahrain's workforce are foreign, said a senior government official, citing new statistics released by the kingdom’s the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA). Out of the 647,578 people cur

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Labour Markets: A new perspective on change

Cliff Oswick is a professor in Organisation Theory at Cass Business School and Cass Dubai Centre. In 2011, the Arab Spring swept across parts of the Mena region. Many western nations were quick to support the social activ

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Bahrain plans new clamp on illegal expats

Bahrain’s Interior Ministry yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding with the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) to crack down on illegal expatriate workers. Inspector-General Major-General Ibrahim Habib Al Ghai

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