WAGES PROTECTION SYSTEM (WPS) - A GIFT

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WAGES PROTECTION SYSTEM

We live in a modern world. We have everything. But is there still something that we lack? 

Our resources know no bounds. We have access to everything. Is there still something that is beyond us? 

Yes, There's time. We lack time. And we can never get enough of it. We save time by avoiding doing various activities to do some better productive things. 

"Transfer your employees’ salaries online and save time!" With this, the Wages Protection System gave the companies an opportunity to safely transfer the salaries without spending much time on it.

Wages Protection System (WPS) is an electronic salary transfer system that allows institutions to pay workers wages via banks, approved and authorized to provide the service. The system, developed by Qatar Central Bank, allows the Ministry of Labor to create a database that records wage payments in the private sector to guarantee the timely and full payment of agreed-upon wages. The WPS covers all institutions registered with the Ministry across all sectors and industries and will benefit different categories of labor.

 

Prior to its implementation, the Labor Department fielded numerous complaints of salaries not being paid or inordinately delayed. Therefore, the government decided to protect employees by ensuring they're paid on-time and thus encouraging a safe work environment. It was from this that the WPS was formed.

Penalties and fines : Failure to comply with Article 66 of the Qatar Labour Law can incur penalties. These are: (i) imprisonment of up to one month, and/or (ii) a fine of QR 2,000 and QR 6,000 per employee. For an employer to be put behind bars, an individual would need to be joined as a party to the claim. This person is usually a general manager or an authorized signatory.

Companies need to comply with the WPS or else they will not be able to interact with the Ministry at any level for crucial work like visa change, work permits, and other services. A suspension can only be removed by the Minister or his designee, and only once an employer submits proof that unpaid salaries have been transferred and received.

Employees can change jobs without an NOC from their employers if the company fails to pay their salaries within seven days of the due date, according to a MADLSA official.

The Qatar Labor Law guarantees rights and payments of labor to employees of all nationalities. Employees who are working in different companies and institutions inside Qatar can submit a labor complaint to the Work Relations Department of the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) in case of any dispute between them and their employers.

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