Unmasking ‘Insurance product’ to protect foreign workers’ rights

Unmaking ‘Insurance product’ to protect foreign workers' rights

Saudi Arabia’s Cabinet has recently given its approval for the implementation of an insurance product; with the aim of protecting the rights and benefits of non-Saudi workers in the private sector. The decision includes that the state will bear the costs of applying the insurance product.

Minister of Human Resources and Social Development Ahmed Al-Rajhi extended his thanks and appreciation to King Salman as well as Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman for their approval.

“The product targets non-Saudi workers in private sector facilities in the Kingdom, which will contribute to preserving workers’ rights; if they are stalled and reduces the risk of any negative effects if companies collapse,” Al-Rajhi said.

Al-Rajhi also explained that this approval is an embodiment of the high interest the Kingdom pays to the private sector enterprises. Besides, enhancing its role as a major partner in developing the Saudi economy and providing more job opportunities.

The Cabinet also approved the formation of a committee comprising representatives from the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development; the Ministry of Finance; and the Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) to undertake the following:

  • Classifying the non-Saudi workers in private sector enterprises targeted in applying the insurance product.
  • Setting the necessary controls and mechanisms to implement the insurance product.
  • Determining the value of the insurance policy, according to the insurance companies monitoring law.