What to do if you don’t receive salary on time?

People all over the world face issues in their work out of which the most common one is delayed salaries. After working hard for countless hours and days, employees expect their salaries to be granted on time however that is not the case in Saudi Arabia (in some companies).

Expatriates working in Saudi Arabia mostly experience this problem a lot and the most terrible part is they do not know how to react to this. Most expatriates in this country are not fully aware of their rights. Read on below to find out what should be done and how this issue should be tackled![irp]

When are you entitled to receive Salary? It is a right of every employee working in Saudi Arabia to receive a salary within 10 days of the end of the month. If this is not done, without any valid reason, the employee has all the rights to find out the cause of the delayed salary and ask their employer for it as it is their right.

It is important for every employee working in Saudi Arabia to keep a record of at least following documents with you all the time. You might need them if your salary gets delayed.

Employment Contract: A written agreement is always vital after getting a confirmation for your job. Make sure you have a copy of that agreement which clearly states the kind of work that you will be asked to do, the position you will be given and the salary you will be granted.

Make sure there are two sets of the employment agreement, one for the employee and one for the employer. Read the agreement thoroughly and make sure it includes the worker name, the employer name, the nationality, the location, the date of employment and the duration if there is any.

The agreement should also clearly state how many paid and non-paid leaves will be granted to the employee. It will be required if you go to the labor court against your employer.

Attendance Sheets: If your company has been going through a difficult financial phase, you should ensure that you are maintaining a record of attendance sheet every month. Many companies have a policy of sending the attendance sheet to employees or the managers of the employees.

It will help and assist your case to prove in the labor office that you were present in all those months the salary of which has been delayed by the company.

Salary Slips: Normally, the agreement takes place at the beginning of the employment. Whatever increments or promotions you receive after that, are not recorded in the agreement. In order to prove the court about your current salary, make sure to keep a record of at least last 3 months’ salary slips.

Heavy Penalties: The Saudi government has been taking active action to protect the rights of expatriates working in Saudi Arabia. The government has launched Wage Protection System (WPS) according to which the payroll of all employees is to be processed through the bank.

In this way, the government can track the payment of salaries to the employees. Heavy penalties have been imposed by the Saudi government against those companies who delay the payment of salaries to their employees.

The complaint in the Labor Office: If your company doesn’t pay your salary on time, the last option is to go to the labor office file a suit against your employer. However, it is also very important to consider some matters before going to labor office against your employer.

Contact your Embassy: If you don’t want to knock the door of labor office, you have another option to contact your embassy. If there are many aggrieved nationals of your country whose salary has been delayed, the embassy will take the matter.

Recently, we have seen cases where the Philippines Embassy has taken the case of their citizens working in the Saudi bin Laden and Saudi Oger.

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Steve has been living in Saudi Arabia since 2013 and writing about Saudi rules, regulations, guides, and procedures since then.