Bahrain King issues new decree to close gender pay gap

Discrimination in the wages between male and female workers in jobs of the same value shall be prohibited

  
Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa attends the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 5, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa attends the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 5, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS

His Majesty King Hamad issued Decree-Law 16/2021, amending some provisions of Law 36/2012 promulgating the Labour Law in Bahrain's private sector, amending discrimination in the wages between male and female workers in jobs of the same value across Bahrain; a move aimed at strengthening gender equality in work place and boosting women's empowerment.
 
According to the decree-law, the following clause will be added to Article (39) of Law 36/2012:
 
“Discrimination in the wages between male and female workers in jobs of the same value shall be prohibited.”
 
It also stipulates that Articles (30) and (31) of Law 36/2012 shall be abrogated, reported BNA.
 
The Prime Minister, and ministers – each in their capacity - shall implement the provisions of this decree-law which takes effect upon its publication in the Official Gazette, it added.

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