Senate endorses civil status, labor laws

16-03-2023 03:41 PM

Ammon News - The Senate approved draft civil status and labor laws, as referred by the Lower House in its session held Thursday, chaired by its President, Faisal Fayez, and in the presence of Prime Minister Dr. Bishr Khasawneh and the Cabinet members.

The senators okayed amendments on Civil Status Law referred by the Lower House, retracting their previous decision regarding the bill.

The House insisted on its decision to allow direct family members to benefit from the peremptory judicial ruling to change the family name in the data contained in the civil status records, which was earlier declined by senators, who then passed the amendment.

Under new amendments, Labor Law allows Ministry of Labor to contract any entity inside and outside the Kingdom to recruit Jordanians, in addition to regulating worker recruitment affairs according to regulations issued for this purpose.

The law also prohibits worker discrimination on gender basis, which would adversely affect equal opportunities and issues instructions to protect pregnant and nursing women, people with disabilities and night workers aimed to create a safe environment.

In addition, the law stiffens fine for recruiting workers illegally to JD3, 000 minimum, with JD5, 000 maximum cap, or imprisonment for a period ranging between 1 to 6 months, or both penalties with the closure of any business used for this purpose if violations occur repeatedly.

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