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Bahrain - Minimum Wages - 2011


LAST UPDATE

17 May 2011
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SOURCES


Name of Act

The Labour Law for the Private Sector, promulgated by Amiri Decree-Law No.23 of 1976 as amended up to Legislative Decree No.14 of 1993.
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Other source used

Bahrain Human Rights Report 2011 of the U.S. Department of State.

LEGAL DEFINITIONS


Employee/worker

Worker means any person, male or female, employed for remuneration of any kind in the service of an employer and under his control or supervision.
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.1

Employer

Employer means any person or body corporate employing one or more workers for remuneration of any kind.
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.1

Wage

A wage is the total remuneration whatsoever its nature payable in cash or in kind to a worker by virtue of a written or oral contract of employment in consideration of his employment together with all additional increments and allowances of any kind.
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.66

MINIMUM WAGE FIXING


Procedure


Procedure in general

The determination of the minimum standard of wages shall be prescribed by an Order made by the Council of Ministers, having due regard to the submission by the Minister for Labour and Social Affairs.
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.77

Criteria


Needs of workers and their families

Wages shall be paid in accordance with the needs of workers and their families.
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.66,art.67

Cost of living

Wages shall be paid in accordance with the cost of living.
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.66, art.67

Coverage


Scope

There is no national minimum wage. If the wage for which an employer is liable for payment is not contained in a contract of employment or in the basic work regulations, it shall be calculated for work performed of the same nature.

Where no such wage exists, it shall be calculated in accordance with the usage of the occupation and that of the location wherein the employment is performed.

If no such usage exists, a judge shall determine the wage according to the exigencies of equity. Similar recourse will be followed in determining the nature of the employment to be performed by a worker.
Bahrain Human Rights Report 2011
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.70
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Level


Minimum wage level(s) in national currency

There is no national minimum wage.
Bahrain Human Rights Report 2011

In-kind allowances

Wages includes payments in kind. It is posible to remunerate the employee trough deductions up to 25% of the normal salary in respect of loans granted for housing.

However, a worker shall not be compelled to purchase foodstuffs or goods from specified establishments or which are produced by his employer.
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.66, art.73, art.74

Rate of payment


» Monthly

Workers paid at monthly rates shall be paid at least once a month.
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.68(1)

» Other

Workers paid on an hourly, daily, weekly, piece rate or production basis shall be paid wages at least once in every two weeks.
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.68(2)

Enforcement mechanisms


Labour inspection

Officers of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, who shall be delegated by an Order of the Minister for Labour and Social Affairs, shall be empowered to undertake industrial inspections and to enforce the application of the Law, and for such duties they shall have access to inspect the records and books and they may require employers or their representatives to produce any information necessary.
The Labour Law for the Private Sector Art.147

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