On July 26, 2012, the King of the Kingdom of Bahrain issued a new labour law No. 36 of 2012 replacing the old labour law (No. 23 of 1976). The new law has been aligned with several Arab and international labour treaties and conventions to which Bahrain is a signatory and which have come into effect over the last 36 years.
The new law revitalises the private sector Labour Market by giving more rights to employees, such as improving the working conditions, creating a better investment, preventing human trafficking by introducing and imposing clear contractual terms for employing domestic staff, prohibiting discrimination practices such as discrimination in the payment of wages based on sex, ethnic origin, language, religion or beliefs...etc
The law also introduced enhancements in terms of annual leave, maternity leave, sick leave entitlement, labour disputes resolution and other topics.
Last Update: Sunday 9 July 2023