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Kuwait - Minimum Wages - 2011


LAST UPDATE

12 May 2011

SOURCES


Name of Act

New Private Sector Labour Law, Act No.6 of 10 February 2010, with explanatory memorandum.
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Other source used

Ministry of Social Affaires and Labour Report (MOSAL Report) and website of MOSAL Kuwait.

Other source used

Kuwait Human Rights Report 2010 of the U.S. Department of State.

LEGAL DEFINITIONS


Employee/worker

Any male or female who performs manual or intellectual work for an employer (under his management and supervision) against a wage.
Labour Law Art.1

Employer

Every natural or legal person that employs workers against a fixed wage.
Labour Law Art.1

Wage

Wage means the basic salary received or should be received by the worker against or because of his work.
Labour Law Art.55

MINIMUM WAGE FIXING


Procedure


Procedure in general

The Minister shall issue a Decision regarding minimum wages after consultation with the Consultant Committee for Labour & Organization Affairs.
Labour Law Art.63

Criteria


Inflation rate

The Minister shall fix the minimum wages taking into account the inflation rates witnessed by the country.
Labour Law Art.63

Coverage


Specific minimum wage rates


» Specific minimum wage by occupation

The Minister shall fix the minimum wages according to the nature of proffesion and trade.
Labour Law Art.63

Level


Minimum wage level(s) in national currency

The new minimum wage in Kuwait is KD60 (approximately U.S.$210).
Kuwait Human Rights Report 2010 of the U.S. Department of State. Acceptable Conditions of Work

Last minimum wage update

April 2010
Kuwait Human Rights Report 2010 of the U.S. Department of State. Acceptable Conditions of Work

In-kind allowances

Wages shall be paid in the legal currency of circulation.
However it is posible to remunerate the employee trough deductions up to 25% of the normal salary against food, clothes or other debts.

In no circumstance the worker shall be obliged to buy foods or goods from specific stores or to buy goods produced by the Employer.
Labour Law Art.56, art.59, art.60
Ministry of Social Affaires and Labour Report Art.30

Rate of payment


» Hourly

Worker paid per hours hall be paid the wage thereof at least once every two weeks.
Ministry of Social Affaires and Labour Report Art.29

» Daily

Worker paid per day shall be paid the wage thereof at least once every two weeks
Ministry of Social Affaires and Labour Report Art.29

» Weekly

Worker paid per week shall be paid the wage thereof at least once every two weeks.
Ministry of Social Affaires and Labour Report Art.29

» Monthly

Workers who are paid monthly should get their salaries at least once a month.
Labour Law Art.56(a)

» Other

Other workers than monthly rate workers, such as workers paid on the
piece-rate basis shall be paid the wage thereof at least once every two weeks.
Labour Law Art.56(b)
Ministry of Social Affaires and Labour Report Art.29

Scheduled frequency of adjustment

The Minister shall issue a decision regarding minimum wages within a period of not later than every five years.
Labour Law Art.63

Enforcement mechanisms


Labour inspection

A competent employees designated by the Minister by resolution shall have the authority of legal and judicial capacity to carry out inspections entering in work places during official working hours, to have access to all books and records, and to request data and information from the employer related to manpower affaires and in order to ensure the compliance with the law.
Labour Law Art.134

Fines in national currency for non-respect of legislation

In case of non compliance with the payment of the salary to the employee, the employer shall be punished by a penatly not exceeding the total of workers dues which he fails to pay, without prejudice to his obligations to pay these dues to the workers in the same procedures.
Labour Law Art.139

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