Aug 11, 2023 1 min read

Oman Announces New Labor Law

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Effective from 25 July 2023, the Omani government through Royal Decree No. 53/2023 issued the New Labor Law which replaces the Old Labor law issued through Royal Decree No. 35/2003.

Please find the previous and new law comparison in the below table:

Article (New Law)Old Labor Law (35/2003)New Labor Law (53/2023)
61Gratuity, 15 days basic for first 3 years. 1 basic each, for subsequent yearsGratuity, 1 basic for each year
70Work hours, 9 hours daily, 45 hours weekly, 30 minutes breakWork hours, 8 hours daily, 1 hour break. 40 hours weekly
76NilThe nursing mother is given 1 hour at the time of her choice, fully paid per day, to take care of her child (applicable up to 1 year from end of maternity leave)
78NilAnnual leave balance carry-forward, no more than 30 days.
80NilProvision for special leave without pay
81- Postponement of the worker’s annual leave by one year

- The worker shall take leave at least once every 2 years, for at least 2 weeks.

- The worker is entitled to the basic wage for his annual leave balance, if any, at end of service
- Postponement of the worker’s annual leave by maximum 6 months

- The worker must take leave at least once every 2 years, for at least 30 days.

- The worker is entitled to the full wage for his annual leave balance, if any, at end of service
811-14 Days 100% pay

15-28 Days 75% pay

29-42 Days 50% pay

43-70 Days 25% pay

71+ Days 0% pay
Sick leave for 182 days

From 1-21 Days 100% pay

From 22-35 Days 75% pay

From 36-70 Days 50% pay

From 71-182 Days 35% pay
83NilA female worker may be granted, upon her request, leave without pay for up to a year to take care of her child.
87- Nil- 7 Days of paternity leave
- 3 days in case of death of son, daughter, mother, father, wife, grandfather, grandmother, brother or sister. 2 days in case of the death of an uncle, or an aunt.- 10 days for the death of the wife or one of the sons or daughters. 3 days in the event of the death of the father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, brother, or sister. 2 days in event of the death of an uncle, aunt, uncle or aunt.
- Nil- 14 days for a non-Muslim woman for husband’ death
- Nil- 15 days throughout the year for the Omani worker to accompany a patient, with whom he is related by marital relationship or relationship up to second degree.
- 50 days maternity leave; total 3 time during service with an employer- 98 days maternity leave; total number of times it can be availed not specified.
NASix days emergency leave per yearNo specific mention regarding emergency leave

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