Bahrain is one of the most popular destinations in the world for expats, and there are millions of foreign workers living in the Kingdom. Of course, every worker has certain duties to accomplish, as stated in his/her work contract.
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That being said, a worker’s duties and accountability are also covered by the Bahrain Labour Law. Today’s post looks into these specific duties, as well as to what a worker can and cannot do while under a job contract in Bahrain.
Worker’s Duties and Accountability in Bahrain
In accordance with Article 71 of the Bahrain Labour Law, a worker is mandated to:
- Perform the duties entrusted to him/her in accordance with the labour contract.
- Accomplish the employer’s instructions, unless these are in contrary to the labour contract.
- Follow the work schedule and abide by the rules pertaining to absences and official leaves.
- Be responsible for the documents, equipment, and tools handed to him/her by the employer.
- Be respectful and cooperative to his superiors, colleagues, and subordinate workers.
- Interact appropriately with the clients of his/her employer.
- Keep work-related details and information confidential or as instructed by the employer.
- Provide correct information about marital status, residence, and other details to the employer.
- Return all documents, equipment, and tools upon termination of his/her labour contract.
On the other hand, Article 72 states that the worker should NOT:
- Keep possession of work-related documents, papers, or registers.
- Work for a third party without his/her employer’s consent.
- Borrow money from the employer’s clients.
- Accept any money, gift, or reward for performing duties, without the employer’s consent.
- Collect money or signatures, hold meetings at the workplace, or distribute publications without the employer’s consent.
In any case, the employer should post rules and regulations in an apparent location at the workplace (Article 74). This way, workers can be aware of what they can and cannot do.
If a worker breaks any of the rules and regulations, Article 75 indicates that the employer may impose the following disciplinary action(s), depending on the severity of the case:
- Verbal warning;
- Written notice;
- Postponement of date of annual bonus for a period not exceeding three months;
- Work suspension with salary deduction for a period not exceeding one month per year and five days each time;
- Postponement of promotion for a period not exceeding one year; and
- Dismissal from service in accordance with the provisions of the Bahrain Labour Law.
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DISCLAIMER: The above details are presented for information-sharing purposes only. To know more about a worker’s duties and accountability, please consult the Bahrain Labour Law, as posted in the Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) official website.