Lebanon court rejects new migrant worker contract that would have signaled end to kafala

A court in Lebanon this week suspended the implementation of a new contract system for migrant workers that would have paved the way for an end to the kafala system.

Instead, the court ruled in favor of an appeal lodged by the recruitment agency federation, Domestic Worker Recruitment, which opposed the proposals set out in the new standard unified contract.

As reported in the Middle East Eye, the proposed contract would have allowed workers to terminate their contract without the consent of their employer, as well as guaranteeing a weekly rest day, overtime pay, sick pay, annual leave, and the national minimum wage.

English | October 30, 2020



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