HH the Emir of Qatar has Approved law mandating electronic wage payments for workers…

Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani has approved law mandating electronic wage payments for workers, according to QNA.

The employer must transfer the remuneration to the bank account of the worker at any of the financial institutions in Qatar

HH the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani issued yesterday Law No 1 of 2015, amending some provisions of the Labour Act No 14 of 2004, making it binding on employers to transfer each worker’s salary to his or her account at any of the financial institutions in the country.
HH the Emir also ratified Cabinet Decision No 8 of 2015, extending for one year the rent contracts for some locations and parts of locations rented for non-residential purposes, the official Qatar News Agency (QNA) said.
Article No  2 of Law No 1 of 2015 has replaced Article 66 of Law No 14 of 2004 with a new text. It stipulates that salary and other amounts due to the worker shall be paid in the Qatari currency.
Remuneration of the workers appointed on the basis of an annual or monthly salary shall be paid, at least, once a month, while that of all the other workers shall be paid, at least, once every two weeks.
The employer must transfer the remuneration to the bank account of the worker at any of the financial institutions in Qatar, in a way that allows the worker to withdraw it at the designated time according to the stipulations of the law. The employer shall not be discharged from the responsibility of paying the wage otherwise.
A decision regarding the regulation to protect the remuneration of workers shall be issued by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.
Violators of the new law shall be punished by a prison term of not more than a month and/or a fine not less than QR2,000 and not exceeding QR6,000.
Article No 4 of the new law stipulates that employers shall modify their situation in accordance with the provisions of this law within a period of six months of its implementation. However, the Minster of Labour and Social Affairs may extend the grace period to a similar period or periods. All competent entities shall implement the law, each in its area, and it shall be published in the official gazette.
RENT CONTRACTS: As per Article 1 of Cabinet Decision No 8 of 2015, rent contracts for leased places and parts of these places for non-residential purposes, subject to Law No 4 of 2008 and valid on February 14, 2015 shall be extended for one year starting from February 15, 2015, unless the lease is for a longer period or the lessee does not want to renew the contract. The law is applicable where the lessee currently occupies the rented place.
Article 2 says the extension stipulated in Article 1 exempts the  rent contracts for the following leased places and parts of the places for non-residential purposes: 1- Administrative headquarters of commercial companies and those of the legal persons working in trade; 2- Offices of lawyers, accountants and engineers;3- Veterinary clinics and offices of experts of agriculture, animal wealth and fisheries.
Article 3 stipulates that all competent entities shall implement the decision, each in its area, and the law enters into force from February 15, 2015 and shall be published in the official gazette.
HH the Emir also yesterday ratified Cabinet Decision No 7 of 2015 on carrying out the midterm census of population, housing and establishments for 2015 and endorsed Cabinet Decision No 9 of 2015 on the application of Law No 24 of 2002 on retirement and pensions for Qatari employees of Qatar Business Incubation Centre.