Expansion of Labor Courts Jurisdiction
On this 06/09/1442H [17/4/2021], a resolution of the Supreme Council of Judiciary number (1747/T), that concluded the following:
First: The competence of the labor courts to hear cases related to a request to expand the scope of health insurance services for the insured; As stipulated in the employment contract or the internal regulation of the facility.
Second: The competence of the labor courts to hear cases related to a request for compensation for lack of health insurance.
In addition to the above, we would like to share the advice of Knowledge Pioneer Employment Practice consultants to take the necessary measures to maintain the application of the health insurance policy to esteemed facilities employees where health insurance should be expressly included in both current and future employment contracts and the internal regulations of the facility, if possible. Prompt updates of employment contracts will indeed protect facilities’ interests and avoid the long term of litigation and judicial obligation and, accordingly, reimbursing employees who are not covered by valid health insurance in the event of their resort to the judiciary.