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The Labor Law in Jordan

The Labor Law in Jordan

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The Labor Law in Jordan

is regulated mainly by the Labor Law of 1996 as amended by Law No 14 of 2019.

The Law governs the terms and conditions of employment such as working hours, holidays, rest periods, wages, overtime, leave and termination of employment, etc.

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Minimum Wage in Jordanian Labor law

 

is determined and regulated under the Jordanian Labor Law of 2003.

The Ministry of Labor established a Commission with representation from tripartite partners, that is, the Government (Ministry of Labor), worker groups and employer associations.

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The Commission determines the minimum wage, in general, for the region, a particular profession, or any particular age by considering the living cost indicators issued by the competent official authorities.

 The amount of wage is set and determined in the employment contract.

Minimum wage in Jordanian labor law

 If the employment contract fails to do so, the worker shall receive an estimated wage for work of a similar nature.

 If that is not possible, the worker’s wage is determined according to custom in the city.

In case that is also not possible, Court has the authority to determine wages for a worker in line with the provisions of Jordanian Labor Law.

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Normal Working Hours in Jordanian labor law

The working hours shall not exceed 8 hours per day and 48 hours per week (excluding meal breaks and rest periods) except in cases as may be allowed by the legislation.

The maximum weekly working hours and rest break can be distributed in a manner that the total may not exceed 11 hours per day inclusive of overtime.

 However, employees undertaking the tasks of general supervision or management in any establishment and who work in some cases outside the establishment, or whose work nature entails traveling inside Jordan or abroad are not subject to the above-mentioned working hours limitation.

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Working Overtime in Jordanian labor law

 

Employees shall be entitled to overtime pay if the daily working time exceeds 8 hours per day and 48 hours per week.

An employee would also be entitled to overtime pay for the following purposes where overtime work is considered mandatory:

Performing the annual inventory works of the establishment, preparing the balance sheet, and the final accounts provided that such overtime work is performed for a period not exceeding 30 days in a year while the actual working hours shall not exceed 10 hours per day.

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For the purpose of avoiding the occurrence of a loss to the goods, any other material exposed for damage, avoiding the risks of technical work or otherwise in order to receive, deliver or transfer specific materials.

However, employees undertaking the tasks of general supervision or management in any establishment and who work in some cases outside the establishment, or whose work nature entails traveling inside Jordan or abroad are not subject to the above-mentioned overtime work limitations.

When an employee works overtime, he is entitled to remuneration that shall not be less than 125% of the normal wage.

Minimum wage in Jordanian labor law

Breaks for the employees in Jordanian labor law

An employee is entitled to a weekly break on Friday unless the nature of work requires otherwise.

An employee may, with the consent of the employer, accumulate the days of weekly holidays and use them within a period of one month.

The employee’s weekly holiday shall be fully paid at a regular rate, if he works 6 consecutive days before the specified day of the holiday and is entitled to that wage by the percentage of days the employee worked during the week if it is three days or more.

An employee who works on a weekly rest day is entitled to be paid at a minimum rate of 150% of regular remuneration.

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Public Holidays in Jordanian labor law

 

Employees are generally entitled to the following 12 public holidays:

New Year’s Day

Labor Day (May 1)

Independence Day (May 25)

Eid Al Adha/ Feast of Sacrifice (3 days)

Eid Al Fitr/ End of Ramadan (3 days)

Islamic Hijra New Year

Mawlid an-Nabi/ The Prophet’s Day of birth

Christmas (December 25)

An employee who works on a public holiday or religious feast is entitled to be paid at a minimum rate of 150% of regular remuneration.

Specail leaves in Jordanian labor law

Working Overtime in Jordanian labor law

 

The Jordanian labor law has specified the leaves by mentioning them in a specific way.

Minimum wage in Jordanian labor law

Sick Leave

An employee is entitled to 14 days of sick leave with full pay based on a report by the medical practitioner approved by the establishment.

 Sick leave can be extended to a further 14 days of leave with full pay if the employee is hospitalized and with half pay if the employee is not hospitalized but provides a report from a medical commission approved by the establishment.

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Maternity Leave

A female employee is entitled to a paid maternity leave before and after delivery for a total period of 10 weeks provided that the period of leave post-delivery shall not be less than 6 weeks.

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Breastfeeding Break

After the expiry of the maternity leave period a female employee is entitled to take time off with pay for the purpose of nursing her newborn baby, during a year post the delivery date, provided that total time off does not exceed 1 hour a day.

Minimum wage in Jordanian labor law

Paternity Leave

An employee is entitled to paid leave for a period of 3 days after the birth of the child, this leave was newly amended in Jordanian labor law.

Minimum wage in Jordanian labor law

Other Leaves in Jordanian labor law

An employee is entitled to paid leave for a period of 14 days each year in any of the following cases:

If an employee has joined a course for labor education approved by the Ministry upon the candidacy of the employer or the manager of the establishment in cooperation with the concerned association.

For pilgrimage, provide that an employee has been in the employer’s service for at least 5 consecutive years, and this leave shall only be granted once during the employee’s period of service.

The employee may get unpaid leave of 4 months if the employee joined an approved university, institute, or college to study.

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Spouse Leave in Jordanian labor law

A working couple is entitled to receive an unpaid leave once for a period of not exceeding 2 years to accompany his/her couple if he/she has moved to another work located outside the governorate in which he/she works inside Jordan or moved to work abroad.

Employment of foreigners in Jordanian labor law

Employment of foreigners in Jordanian labor law

According to labor law, it is not allowed to employ any foreigner workers without prior consent from the Ministry of Labor. The work permit should not exceed one year and can be renewed for extra years.

Any employer who uses any foreign employee without obtaining a work permit will be liable for a fine between 100 – 150 Jordanian Dinar for each month until the employer meets the legal requirements.

According to the Jordanian Labor Law, any non-Jordanian worker might not be employed except by the approval of the Minister or whom he authorizes provided that:

The work shall entail an experience and qualification not available in the Jordanian workers.

Or that the number of the qualified Jordanian workers does not meet the need, the priority shall be given to the Arab experts, technicians, and workers.

In conclusion, Jordanian labor law is over all protective to the employees, it specifies everything that is related to the employees, so they well know their rights.

Minimum wage in Jordanian labor law

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Minimum Wage in Jordanian Labor law

Working Overtime in Jordanian labor law

Working Overtime in Jordanian labor law

 

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