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ASAR addresses ‘Current Trends in Labour and Immigration Law ‘

ASAR – Al Ruwayeh & Partners (ASAR), Bahrain’s leading corporate law firm, and one of the region’s top tier firms recently partnered with renowned Institute for International Research to induct a group of prominent Bahraini companies on the ‘Current Trends in Labour and Immigration Law in Bahrain’. During the comprehensive training course that was held at Kempinski Grand & IXIR Hotel, ASAR addressed the 2012 Bahraini Labour Law designed for the private sector, marking another successful session for the brand as part of its mission to guarantee a dynamic platform for ongoing legal developments and dialogue.

Through a comparative analysis with the former labour law backed also by recent case studies, ASAR provided an overview of the newly implemented Bahrain Labour Law, and conveyed employee mobility rights and how they can affect businesses. The course focused in detail on employment contracts, recruitment, Bahrainisation and work permit allocations, discipline and investigating employee wrong doing, annual leaves and benefits, followed by managing lawful termination of the employment relationship with emphasis on, optimized contractual termination methods,  compensation requirements, Ministry of Labour complaints, and successful protection against employment claims while avoiding pitfalls when disputes arise.

During the course, Mr. Steven Brown, Senior Associate in ASAR Bahrain and an industry expert on employment regulations said,” Adopting a modern, sophisticated legal framework is key to enhancing the investment climate in Bahrain and moreover, provides a significant improvement in the operational performance and synergy between the private and public sectors. By renovating outdated labour practices, the new regulatory system governs and balances the rights of both employers and employees representing a positive step towards integrating international standards for the overall welfare of the Kingdom and the region”.

ASAR provides clients across an extensive range of industry sectors with comprehensive legal support for their business activities across the GCC and beyond. The firm’s cross-jurisdictional practice, between Kuwait and Bahrain helps clients create the appropriate vehicles and ensure that they comply with the detailed provisions regarding corporate governance and operation under local laws and regulatory regimes.

The firm has been consistently rated as the leading corporate and commercial law firm in Kuwait by reputable legal guides such as the Chambers Global Guide, International Financial Law Review and the Legal 500. In 2013, ASAR was named as the “Best Law Firm in Kuwait 2013” by the International Financial Law Review (IFLR), the market-leading guide for financial law firms worldwide. The firm also won the “Best Restructuring Deal in the Middle East” award by IFLR during the same year.