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  1. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Royal Decree No. M/3 dated 28/01/1437 H. - Legislation online in Arabic Legislation online in English

    Adoption: 2015-12-04 | Date of entry into force: 2016-05-02 | SAU-2015-R-101841

    Provides Companies Regulation.
    Repeals Saudi Arabia Royal Decree No. M/6 Dated 22/03/1385H and its corresponding Cabinet Decision.

  2. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ministerial Order No. 4786 Dated 28/12/1436H. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2015-10-16 | Date of entry into force: 2015-10-18 | SAU-2015-R-101844

    Amends the Labour Law by introduction of new fines.
    The main fines introduced in the Ministerial Order are in the following cases:
    - Failure to issue employment documentation in Arabic.
    - Failure to comply with workforce nationalization obligations.
    - Breaching regulations regarding employment of women.
    - Failure to comply with health and safety obligations.
    - Failure to comply with certain employee entitlements.
    - Doubling of Fines.

  3. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Royal Decree No. M/46 Dated 05/06/1436H. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2015-04-24 | Date of entry into force: 2015-10-24 | SAU-2015-R-101848

    Articles: 5,7,11,12,13,14,35,43,48,52,53,54,55,58,64,73,74,75,76,77,78,80,83,90,101,113,137,149,151,160,164,196,197,203,229,230,231,232,233,234,235,236,237,238,239,241,240,242,233, of Royal Decree No. M/51 concerning the Labour Law are amended.

  4. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Council of Ministers Resolution No. 332 of November 1, 2013. Regulation on Protection Against Abuse. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2013-11-01 | Date of entry into force: 2014-02-01 | SAU-2013-R-97291

    Under article 1 of this Regulation, abuse is defined as any act of bodily, psychological, or sexual mistreatment committed by a person against another person over whom he or she has guardianship or another type of legal authority. The definition includes any failure to provide another person with legally required necessities.

    Article 13 sets a criminal penalty of between one month and one year of imprisonment and/or a fine of between 5,000 and 50,000 Saudi Riyals (about US$1,333-13,330) for anyone who commits an act of abuse as defined in article 1, unless a higher penalty is provided for under Sharia' law or other regulations in force.

    However, article 11 implies that not all acts of abuse as defined under article 1 will constitute criminal offenses. Article 11 gives an undefined "competent authority" within the Saudi legal system the power to determine which acts of abuse constitute criminal offenses by stipulating "if the competent authority determines that the act of abuse constitutes a crime, it shall refer the matter to the competent law enforcement authority to take the necessary measures."

  5. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ministerial Council Decision No. 244 in 20/7/1430 hijri on Prevention of Human Trafficking.

    Adoption: 2009-07-12 | Date of entry into force: 2009-11-07 | SAU-2009-R-82977

    Establishes a system for combating human trafficking. Criminalized the trafficking of human beings, sets penalties for this crime which include imprisonment of up to 15 years and heavy fines. Also defines the cases of human trafficking such as holding a person under control for sexual abuse, forced labour, involuntary begging, slavery or slavery-like practices, and enforced organ removal or medical experimentation.. Also establishes a committee to deal with cases of trafficking, and creates health facilities for treating victims.

  6. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ministerial Council Decision No. 23, 17/1/2007.

    Adoption: 2007-01-17 | Date of entry into force: 2007-02-20 | SAU-2007-R-76964

    Contains 25 articles. It explains the conditions and new regulations both national and international companies have to comply with, including taxes, facilitation with obtaining work permits for certain companies and procedures for informing Ministries of new work projects.

  7. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Constitution

    Law on the Allegiance Council, 2006.

    Adoption: 2006-10-20 | SAU-2006-C-90066

    Establishes the Allegiance Council which comprises of:

    1) the sons of King Abdulaziz Al-Saud, the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia;
    2) Grandsons of King Abdulaziz whose fathers are deceased, incapacitated (as determined by a medical report) or otherwise unwilling to assume the throne. Members appointed by the King must be capable and known for their integrity.
    3) a son of the King and a son of the Crown Prince, both to be appointed by the King. They should be capable and known for their integrity.

    Sets out the duties of the Council as well as its functions.

  8. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Labour Law (Royal Decree No. M/51)

    Adoption: 2006 | SAU-2006-L-74429

    Part I - Definitions and General Provisions (scope, language to be used, workplace records, etc.)
    Part II - Organization of recruitment (employment units, employment of persons with disabilities, private recruitment offices)
    Part III - Employment of Non-Saudis
    Part IV - Training and qualification
    Part V - Labour relations (labour contract, employers and workers' duties, discipline, termination of labour conntract)
    Part VI - Working conditions (wages, working hours, rest periods, leaves)
    Part VII - Part-time work
    Part VIII - Protection against occupational hazards, major industrial accidents and work injuries, and medical and social services
    Part IX - Employment of women
    Part X - Employment of minors
    Part XI - Maritime labour contract
    Part XII - Work in mines and quarries
    Part XIII - Labour inspection
    Part XIV - Commissions for settlement of labour disputes
    Part XV - Sanctions
    Part XVI - Final provisions

  9. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Minister's Council Decision No. 263, of 26 October 2005 regarding the Project Service System for Internal Pilgrims.

    Adoption: 2005-10-26 | Date of entry into force: 2006-01-26 | SAU-2005-R-77002

    The Decision specifies who is allowed to run companies that facilitate services for internal pilgrims. It also lists the conditions and requirements they must meet.

  10. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Foreign Investment Regulations 2000.

    Adoption: 2000-04-10 | SAU-2000-R-56775

    Regulates the issuing of licenses to foreign investors in Saudi Arabia.

  11. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Constitution

    Law on the Council of Ministers, 1993 (Royal Order No. A/13).

    Adoption: 1993-08-21 | SAU-1993-C-90065

    Sets out the regulations for the Council of Ministers, including possible members, their appointment, term and governing authority. Also sets out the formation of the Council, its functions, regulatory affairs, executive affairs, financial affairs, presidency and administrative structure.

  12. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Constitution

    Royal Order No.A/90, of 1 March 1992, to promulgate the Constitution. - Constitution (in English) Constitution (in English)

    Adoption: 1992-03-01 | SAU-1992-C-29404

    This so-called "basic system of government" is in effect Saudi Arabia's first constitution. It codifies (Art. 56) the King's power: he acts as prime minister and appoints deputy prime ministers and cabinet ministers. The King may now choose his Crown Prince from among a broader pool of relatives than before. He may also remove the Crown Prince. Some fundamental rights are expressly guaranteed for the first time. Private property cannot be expropriated, "except in the public interest" and in return for "fair compensation". Various provisions protect privacy, notably in correspondance and telecommunications. Private homes cannot be entered or searched "except in accordance with the Constitution". Article 28 of the Constitution stipulates that "the State shall assist all able persons in finding employment and shall make regulations to protect workers and employers". The State also undertakes to protect the rights of its "citizens and their families in case of emergency, sickness, disability or old age, and to support the social security system". Under article 43, anyone may "address the public authorities on any matter". Article 39 says that "the mass media, publications and all other means of expression shall observe the requirements of decency and the regulations of the State". Citizens and residents can institute legal proceedings, on an equal basis. Articles 7 and 8 uphold the Holy Qur'an, the Sunnah and the Islamic Sharia as the basis of law. The System of the Majlis al-Shoura establishes a Consultative Council (Shoura Council). The Provincial system regulates the governing of Provinces and Article 16 provides for a Province Council. An English translation of this Constitution may be found in the April 1992 edition of the Middle East Executive Reports, as well as in Vol. 8, Part 3 of the 1993 Arab Law Quarterly.

  13. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Royal Order No.A/91, of 1 March 1992, to promulgate the Constitution of the Consultative Council

    Adoption: 1992-03-01 | SAU-1992-R-29405

    The Consultative Council will consist of 60 members and a chairman, all of them to be appointed by the King within six months of the publication of the Order. The terms of reference of the Council are to: review economic and development plans; examine legislation, treaties and international agreements; and to discuss the annual reports of ministries. The Council can make recommendations and adopt resolutions, which must then be submitted to the Prime Minister who will refer them to the Council of Ministers for discussion. If the two bodies agree, "royal approval shall be given". If not, the King will settle the matter "as appropriate".

  14. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Royal Order No.A/92, of 1 March 1992, to promulgate the System of Provincial Administration

    Adoption: 1992-03-01 | SAU-1992-R-29406

    This statute reorganizes the country's system of local administration. Each province is to have a governor with the rank of minister and a deputy-governor to be appointed by Royal Decree on a recommendation of the Minister of Internal Affairs. The Order spells out the duties of governors in great detail, including the province's social and economic development; the protection of personal rights and freedoms; etc. Province governors must at least twice a year hold a meeting with the authorities in charge of the administrative subdivisions under their control, i.e. governorates and districts.

  15. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Law, Act

    Labor Law (approved by Royal Decree No. M/21 dated 15 November 1969).

    Adoption: 1969-11-15 | SAU-1969-L-17733

  16. Saudi Arabia - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Saudi Arabian Nationality Regulations. - Regulation on-line in English

    Adoption: 1954-09-23 | SAU-1954-R-83623

    Regulates the granting and loss of nationality.

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