Saudi public sector to run at 100% from 30 Aug; H R Ministry declares

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development has announced that all public sector employees in the Kingdom will return to their workplaces as of Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020. 

The decision was taken after looking at the reports of the working team on health indicators and data in the cities and governorates of the country.

The ministry stated that the return of the workforce will be with the commitment to apply preventive protocols in workplaces. The head of the authority/agency or whoever they  delegate would have the authority to permit/assign a number of the organization/body’s employees to work remotely, provided the following conditions are complied with:

  1. The percentage of those working remotely does not exceed 25% of the entity’s (authority’s) employees.
  2. The government agency should enable those who will be working remotely to perform their duties.
  3. The groups most at risk of infection will continue working remotely according to the classification of the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control.
  4. The attendance of employees will continue according to the flexible hours’ system and
  5. Suspension of the requirement of fingerprints will continue.

The Ministry stressed the need to adhere to the implementation of preventive protocols in public sector workplaces published on the website of the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control.