Saturdays not counted as Paid Annual Holiday for Private Sector in Kuwait
Kuwait Labor Law No. 6 of year 2010 for the Private Sector was recently amended. Article 70 which is about Paid Annual Holidays is somehow the main point of change.
Before, the law stated that employees shall be entitled to a 30-day paid annual leave, which shall not be computed among the official holidays or sick days. Now, the new law states that employees shall be entitled to a 30-day paid annual leave, which shall not be computed among the weekends, official holidays and / or sick days.
With the new law, Friday is considered as the weekend and Saturday is a non-working day (rest day). This means both of these days (Friday and Saturday) should not count as an employee’s holiday time.
If an employee takes an annual leave from March 1st up to March 31st, he or she shall be entitled to 23 days of paid annual holiday time for this month. The employee will then have a remaining balance of 7 days for paid holiday time.
Paid Annual Holidays are addition and can be taken at one time, only after agreement between employer and employee.
Also in related news, many Human Resource Departments and Finance Departments of companies from the Private Sector have been asking how they will compute into their system for compliance to the New Law.
Source: Arab Times