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Bahrain King issues new decree amending labour market law

MANAMA, September 13, 2021

His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa of Bahrain has issued Decree-Law 21/2021, amending some provisions of Law 19/2006 with regard to the regulation of the Labour Market.
 
Under the decree-law, clause (1) of Paragraph (A) of Article (4) of Law 19/2006, shall be replaced by the following text: 
 
“1- Implement the national plan regarding the labour market, which includes the strategy and general policy concerning the employment of national and foreign workers.
 
"The ministry in charge of labour affairs in the private sector shall, in coordination with the authority and after the approval of the Council of Ministers, develop that plan, taking into account the state's policies regarding the labour market, as well as its economic and social development plans.
 
"The ministry shall prepare such a plan, every four years, or for a shorter period, if necessary. The plan shall be published in the Official Gazette.
 
"This plan may include setting a maximum limit for the total number of work permits issued by the authority during a specific period of time, whether in all work sectors or according to each profession or economic activity.”
 
Clause (1) of Paragraph (A) of Article (7) and Clause (8) of Paragraph (A) of Article (12) of Law 19/2006 regarding shall be repealed.
 
The Prime Minister, and ministers, each in their respective capacity, shall implement the provisions of this decree-law, which takes effect upon its publication in the Official Gazette.



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