The Saudi Ministry of Justice announced the issuance of labor courts to more than 42 thousand rulings since its inception last year, in addition to holding more than 170 thousand sessions, and the average length of time to close cases in the first degree was 23 days.
The first stage of labor court work witnessed the opening of seven courts in Riyadh, Makkah, Jeddah, Abha, Dammam, Buraidah, and Madinah, in addition to 27 labor departments in the cities and governorates of the Kingdom, and nine labor departments to appeal in six courts of appeal in different regions of the Kingdom.
The Ministry of Justice indicated that there are six types of lawsuits and rulings issued by labor courts that cannot be contested by way of appeal, which are called “soft” cases, and that these cases are represented in labor cases where the value of the claim does not exceed 20 thousand riyals, demanding a service certificate, Claiming documents and documents related to the worker and deposited with the employer, objecting to the penalty imposed by the employer on the worker except for dismissal from work, objecting to the decisions of the committees of domestic workers and their equivalents, and grievance cases by employers and workers whose objections were not accepted against any Decision issued by a competent body in the General Organization for Social Insurance, if the case is related to the necessity of registration and contributions to compensation or no later than 20 thousand riyals.
The Ministry of Justice confirmed that the regulations applied before labor courts have set specific time limits for accepting claims to claim rights, including in relation to lawsuits related to the work system or domestic employment, which are subject to specific periods of amicable settlement before judicial consideration, in addition to complaints against the Public Institution for Social Security in connection with participation Registration and compensation.
As for the period of friendly settlement procedures before filing cases subject to the labor system to the labor courts, it is 21 days, and if the friendly settlement does not end during that period, the dispute is submitted to the labor courts electronically through the Ministry of Labor and Social Development.