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Saudi Arabia … This is the date for the return of public sector employees to work

by Marwa Mahmoud

The Minister of Human Resources in Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Sulaiman Al-Rajhi, said in a tweet that “on Sunday, 11 Muharram 1442 AH, the date for all employees of the public sector to return to work will be set for the implementation of preventive protocols. We will work and we are committed to our safety and security.”

The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development confirmed that, as of Sunday 11/1/1442 AH, all public sector employees will return to workplaces at the green precautionary level, with a commitment to apply preventive protocols.

 Al-Rajhi Circular sets out a variety of requirements for the return of all workers to their place of work allowing employees to continue attending on a flexible basis, to continue to suspend fingerprints and to continue working for groups most at risk of remote infection, according to the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control classification.

The Ministry allowed the head of the government agency to apply remote work for a number of the entity’s employees, provided that their percentage does not exceed 25% of the total employees, provided that the entity enables those who work remotely to perform their duties.

It is noteworthy that Ministry of Human Resources allowed the return of public sector employees to work places by 50% as of Shawwal 8 last month, then the percentage increased to 75% since the 29th of the same month.

In addition, the flexible working hour’s system includes that the employees’ attendance to the workplace is in three groups as follows: The first group starts its work at 7:30 in the morning, the second starts at 8:30 in the morning, and the third starts at 9:30 in the morning.