Amendments to Human Resources Law include evaluation, promotions and leaves

Well-informed sources emphasized that the Review Committee of Human Resources Management Law received all proposals and recommendations from bodies and authorities working upon said Law. In addition, the Committee has finally nominated its members to study the submitted proposals during its first meeting planned to convene by next August.
The source noted that the Committee will focus on presenting recommendations on more flexibility in enforcement of the law in accordance with the competencies of departments, and to free the ministers from formalities applicable. Moreover, evaluation mechanism will be developed to maintain recurrent evaluation of employees along the year, not on annual basis as the case is now. Besides, exceptional promotions will be restricted and regularized to be fair and clear for employees.
The Committee will determine addition of more competencies and powers to heads of departments, especially human resources and internal auditing managers, particularly on matters like loans and unpaid leaves, not to be in the hands of the minister.
Information obtained by Al-Sharq indicate that no air-ticket allowance will be added for senior and administrative staff, as leave allowance is granted and annual leave reward is maintained by Law.
On this regard, a legal expert stated to Al Sharq that the Human Resources Law provides several privileges; as the organizational structure of ministries is consolidated and consolidated departments in each ministry is established, i.e. Human Resources Department and other administrative units. The need is for activating some rigid provisions of the Law, including without limitation, maternity leaves, as some governmental bodies did not receive such applications and refused to receive them or to contact the ministers, which raised questions in the minds of employees concerning activating such provisions.
The legal expert added that some rigid provisions are like training of employees, provide internal and external opportunities, and concentration on Institute of Administrative Development which lacks some specialties and competencies. It is necessary to provide employees with opportunities to scholarships abroad and to cooperate with internal and external institutions to improve their skills.
The expert noted that the issue of unpaid leave is subject to approval from the minister; however it is preferred to be through the Human Resources for more flexibility in order that the employee can have more benefits.
Moreover, the expert foreshadowed the light on that the ministries are sometimes ignoring the capacity-building for employees. Article 2 of the Law enacted by Law no. 8/2008 on Human Resources has stipulated that a governmental body shall have an optimum investment in the available human resources for achievement of its objectives, build the capacities of employees, provide safe, fair and motivating work environments for diligence, innovation and cooperation by employees through their involvement in development of work regimes, however, unfortunately some bodies and institutions have not activate said Article.
The expert emphasized the necessity to activate Chapter 13 of the Law regarding the leaving indemnity to motivate employees and maximize their productivity, noting the conflict with the Law of Retirement which matter deprives employees from an original and proven right.
He noted that there is a golden chance, through study of the Retirement Law proposals, to remove such conflict and achieve the necessary reconciliation.

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