Business owners should file a ‘missing report’ on their newly employed staff if they don’t meet the owner upon arrival.
Humid bin Deemas, Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour, said during the open day on Thursday that employers have up to two months to register empolyees with the Ministry of Labour and this period should not be extended. In case a worker absconds up on arrival, he should be reported as missing immediately without wasting time looking for him.
Another case was that of an expat woman who requested that a one-year ban on her be lifted. She was asked to leave the firm after working for six months. Later it was found that she was reported as missing by the firm. Her last working day was between May and July last year. Deemas was shocked that she has been staying in the country without a job for so long. “The firm gave me time to search for another job,” she said. Deemas said she should not have taken that long to search for another job. “You must leave the country at once to complete the one-year work ban, and come back if you want,” he said.