• Part 13: Part 13: Interpretation and Definitions

    • Article 65 - Interpretation

      (1) In these Regulations, a reference to:
      (A) a provision of any law or regulation includes a reference to that provision as amended or re-enacted from time to time;
      (B) an obligation to publish or cause to be published a particular document shall, unless expressly provided otherwise in these Regulations, include publishing or causing to be published in printed or electronic form;
      (C) a calendar year shall mean a year of the Gregorian calendar;
      (D) a month shall mean a month of the Gregorian calendar;
      (E) the masculine gender includes the feminine and the neuter;
      (F) writing includes any form of representing or reproducing words in a legible form; and
      (G) a particular Ministry, authority or body of the State include a reference to any future name of that Ministry, authority or body.
      (2) The headings in these Regulations shall not affect their interpretation.
      (3) A reference in these Regulations to a Part, Article or Schedule by number only, and without further identification, is a reference to a Part, Article or Schedule of that number in these Regulations.
      (4) A reference in an Article or other division of these Regulations to a paragraph, sub-paragraph or Article by number or letter only, and without further identification, is a reference to a paragraph, sub-paragraph or Article of that number or letter contained in the Article or other division of these Regulations in which that reference occurs.
      (5) Any reference in these Regulations to "include", "including", "in particular", "for example", "such as" or similar expressions shall be considered as being by way of illustration or emphasis only and are not to be constructed so as to limit the generality of any words preceding them.
      Amended by QFC Reg 2012-1 (as from 11th April 2012)

    • Article 66 - Definitions

      In these Regulations, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings shown against each of them, unless the contrary intention appears:

      CRO The Companies Registration Office established pursuant to Article 7 of the QFC Law
      Council of Ministers The Council of Ministers of the State.
      Employee A Sponsored Employee or an employee who is of Qatari nationality or is sponsored in the State by a member of his family and is employed by an Employer
      Employer The QFC Authority, the Regulatory Authority, QFC Commercial and Civil Court, Regulatory Tribunal, QFC Institution or QFC Entity which employs one or more Employees
      Employment Standards Office The QFC Institution established pursuant to Article 6 of the QFC Law
      Full-time Employee An Employee who works at least the number of hours determined by an Employer for Full-time Employees under Article 28.
      General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority The General Retirement and Social Insurance Authority established pursuant to Article 26 of the Retirement and Pensions Law.
      Immigration Regulations The Regulations enacted or to be enacted by the Minister pursuant to the QFC Law relating to immigration of Sponsored Employees
      Part-time Employee An Employee who is not a Full-time Employee
      Person Includes a natural or judicial person, body corporate, or body unincorporate, including a branch, a company, partnership, unincorporated association or other undertaking, government or state
      QFC The Qatar Financial Centre
      QFC Authority The Qatar Financial Centre Authority established pursuant to Article 3 of the QFC Law
      Civil and Commercial Court The Civil and Commercial Court of the QFC established under the QFC Law
      Minister The Minister of Finance of the State
      QFC Entity Any company, branch or partnership established in or licensed to do business in the QFC
      QFC Institution Any entity, including the Employment Standards Office, established pursuant to Article 6 of the QFC Law
      QFC Law Law No. (7) of 2005 of the State, as amended from time to time
      Regulatory Authority The Regulatory Authority of the QFC established pursuant to Article 8 of the QFC Law
      Regulatory Tribunal The tribunal established under the QFC Law
      Retirement and Pensions Law Law No (24) of 2002 of the State on Retirement and Pensions (as amended), or such other laws that may subsititute it form time to time from time to time).
      Sponsored Employee An Employee who is not of Qatari nationality and who is not sponsored in the State by a member of his family and is therefore sponsored in the State by his Employer
      State The State of Qatar
      Usual Salary The salary the Employee is usually paid; it includes basic salary, allowances and benefits given at each pay period.

      Amended (as from 18th July 2019)

    • Schedule 1– Contraventions With Financial Penalties Stipulated

      Article of the Regulations Nature of contravention Maximum Financial penalty for contravention
      10 - Employment of minors Employment of minors without consent of the legal guardian $1,500 USD
      14 - Records Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      Other contraventions of Part 3 of the Regs $1,500 USD
      15 – Prohibition on discrimination Discrimination based on sex, marital status, race, nationality or religion, mental or physical disability $3,500 USD
      16 - Whistleblowing Termination of employee in breach $3,500 USD
      17 – Employment contract
      17A – Part Time
      17B – Fixed Term
      Failure to provide a written employment agreement/non-compliance with mini-mum requirements $1,500 USD
      18 - Probation period Probation period longer than 6 months/ unilateral extension of probation period without agreement with the employee $1,500 USD
      23 – Termination with notice Failure to provide the notice period $1,500 USD
      Article of the Regulations Nature of contravention Maximum financial penalty for contravention
      25 – End of service Delay in payment for any outstanding amounts $2,500 USD
      Other contraventions of Part 6 of the Regulations $1,500 USD
      Article of the Regulations Nature of contravention Maximum financial penalty for first contravention
      26 – Payment of salary Delay in payment for more than 7 calendar days from the usual pay date $1,500 USD
      27 – Unauthorised deductions Salary deductions in breach of this provision $1,500 USD
      28 – Maximum working hours Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      29 – Reduced working hours during Ramadan Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      30 - Overtime Overtime in excess of the statutory limits $1,500 USD
      31 – Overtime for management and professional staff Application of the provision to employees who are not managers or professional staff $1,500 USD
      32 – Holidays Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      33 – Annual leave Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      34 – Dates of leave Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      Article of the Regulations Nature of contravention Maximum financial penalty for contravention
      35- Annual leave during first year Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      36 – Compensation in lieu of annual leave Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      37 – Haj Leave Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      38 – Sick leave Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      Article of the Regulations Nature of contravention Maximum financial penalty for first contravention
      Other contraventions of Part 8 of the Regulations $1,500 USD
      39 – Equal pay Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      40 – Maternity leave Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $2,500 USD
      41 – Maternity pay Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $2,500 USD
      42 – No termination
      42A - Termination after Marriage or Maternity Leave
      Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $3,500 USD
      43 to 47 – Health and safety obligations Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $3,500 USD
      48 – Health and disability insurance Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      Article of the Regulations Nature of contravention Maximum financial penalty for contravention
      49 – Work-related injuries Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      50 – Treatment of work related injuries Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      51 – Compensation for work related injuries Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      56 - Investigations Obstruction from carrying out procedure, or withholding sensitive information $1,500 USD
      57 – Determinations and orders of the ESO Delay or failure to comply with an ESO determination and/or order $2,500 USD
      60 – Obstruction of the ESO Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $2,500 USD
      61 – Obligation to keep information confidential Non-compliance with the provisions of this article $1,500 USD
      Other contraventions of Part 12 of the Regs $1,500 USD
      Amended (as from 16th June 2020)