21 July 2014, Nigel Wilson, International Business Times
Qatar’s government has announced labour market reforms designed to improve the treatment of foreign workers, although some of its most controversial practices remain in place.
New measures include restrictions on working outdoors in the hottest hours during the summer and a rule that companies must open bank accounts for workers and pay wages electronically.
Companies will also face sanctions if they do not transfer wages to employees within seven days of the due date, although the government did not specify the type of penalty that companies would face for breaching the law.
However, plans to replace the controversial kafala sponsorship system, which ties workers to a single employer, remain under government consideration.