Minister of Administrative Development, Labour & Social Affairs issued Ministry issues health and employment guidelines for workers in Qatar amid coronavirus crisis. Check them out below that may aid your health and safety at your workplace given the circumstances
If a worker shows symptoms such as coughing, fever, or difficulty breathing they should stay away from others and immediately contact Qatar's COVID-19 hotline 16000. In case of emergency, the worker should request an ambulance by calling 999.
During the current crisis, the possession of a health card and/or QID is not necessary in order to be tested and/or receive treatment. These services are provided for free by the government.
A worker should go into self-isolation and call the COVID-19 hotline 16000 if he or she:
- Shows any symptoms of COVID-19, such as coughing, fever, or difficulty breathing
- Has had contact with anyone who has tested positive with COVID-19, even if at the time of contact he or she was not showing any symptoms of the disease.
- Has returned recently from any country that has a wide spread of the disease
For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Public Health website
A worker can be placed in isolation by government authorities, while they await their test results, if it is believed that they may have COVID-19 (if they display any symptoms or have had contact with anyone who is infected with COVID-19)
A worker who tests positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined in centers in the Mukainis area and provided all necessary medical care, food and lodging for free.
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A specialized medical team working under the supervision of the Supreme Committee for Crisis management under the Ministry of Public Health is responsible for arranging the treatment of workers' isolation and quarantine. The employer is not responsible for arranging the isolation or quarantine of workers.
All workers will receive all necessary treatment for free, and their status is not relevant.
All workers in isolation, quarantine or receiving treatment will still be paid their basic salary and receive their allowances irrespective of whether they are entitled to sick leave benefits.
Yes, all workers should still receive their basic salary and allowances from their employer.
Employers have the right to terminate contracts. However, the termination of employment must be carried out in full compliance with the terms of the Labour Law and the contract, including the notice period and the payment of all pending entitlements including return ticket to home country
It is important for all to collaborate through this period to minimize the damage for the benefit of both parties, taking into account the survival of the business and employment over the longer term.
Therefore, employers and workers may mutually agree that workers take unpaid leave or use their annual leave, if the business has been halted and the worker is not assigned any work. However, employers must continue to provide all other benefits, including accommodation and food.
The employer and the worker should discuss working conditions and benefits. The worker is entitled to refuse any adjustment to the contract. In case of termination of employment, this must be carried out in full compliance with the terms of the Labour Law and the contract, including the notice period and the payment of all pending entitlements.
- To extend visas (or to check its status) follow this link on Ministry of Interior site
- To extend QIDs (or to check its status) please use the Metrash2 app.
Please refer to the Ministry of Interior website for up to date information
All of the information above applies equally to domestic workers employed in homes.
Workers should contact the Ministry of Administrative Development, Labour and Social Affairs at 16008 or by email at info madlsa gov.ca
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