COVID-19 Employment Guide: Saudi Arabia

    View Author April 2020

    Our Middle East Labour & Employment team have put together a quick guide for employers on key questions we’re often asked in relation to their employees. In this guide we cover:

    • What are an employer’s health and safety obligations in relation to its staff?
    • Should employers place restrictions on work-related international travel?
    • In what circumstances are employees required to quarantine?
    • In what circumstances are employers required to continue to pay employees according to their normal pay by law?
    • Do employers have to pay an employee that is not included in the categories stated above?
    • What should employers do if a member of staff is confirmed as having the virus and has recently been in the workplace?
    • If the situation worsens and employers are considering closing one of their sites, do they have a right to lay off staff in these circumstances? Are they obliged to continue to pay them?
    • Can employers terminate employment contracts on the grounds of the occurrence of a force majeure?
    • What other steps are employers taking to respond to the challenging economic situation caused by the virus?
    • What are the main initiatives launched by the Saudi government to support the private sector in light of the COVID-19 situation?

    Download the full guide online.