Saudi Health Ministry grants pregnant women sick leave to avoid virus risks

15/03/20

Passengers coming from China wearing masks to prevent a new coronavirus are checked by Saudi Health Ministry employees upon their arrival at King Khalid International Airport, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia January 29, 2020. (Reuters)
  • The sick leave is part of precautionary measures aimed at confronting the spread of coronavirus

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health has announced a compulsory two-week sick leave for pregnant women.
The leave has also been granted to people with respiratory and chronic diseases, tumors and immunodeficiency who are workers in both the private and public sectors.

Dr. Tawfig Al-Rabiah said the committee tasked to monitor coronavirus developments will “implement a package of preventive measures to prevent societal outbreaks.”

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‘Wusool’ transport program benefits 60,000 Saudi women

20/02/20

RIYADH: Over 60,000 Saudi female employees have benefited from Wusool, a female transportation program that helps ease their daily commute.

The program aims to find solutions that reduce the burden of transportation costs for Saudi female workers in the private sector by providing them with subsidies from the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) for high-quality, safe and secure transportation services to and from the workplace, partnering with taxi companies through licensed smart apps.

The program aims to increase the participation of women in the labor market and increase job stability.

The HRDF said it made amendments and updates to Wusool to ensure that the largest number of applicants benefitted from it. This comes as part of the HRDF’s support for women working in the private sector.

The procedures included amendments to the terms of enrollment in the program, including the requirement to be registered under the General Organization for Social Insurance (GOSI), where the employee should be registered for less than 36 months, and her monthly salary should not exceed SR8,000 ($2,132). SPA Riyadh

The amendments also included a fixed monthly financial support provided by HRDF, covering 80 percent of the cost at a maximum of SR800 per month, in addition to the cancelation of the previously planned financial participation of SR200, and extending the support period to 12 months.

Women working in the private sector can register for the Wusool program by visiting http://wusool.sa.

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1.692 billion riyals injected into home loans fund in Saudi Arabia

Time: 07 January, 2020 

The money was deposited in the Real Estate Development Fund. (SPA)

  • The money was deposited in the Real Estate Development Fund

RIYADH: A total of SR1.692 million ($451 million) has been pumped into a fund aimed at helping Saudis to become homeowners.
The money was deposited in the Real Estate Development Fund (REDF) in December last year for beneficiaries of the Sakani program.
The fund’s spokesperson, Hamoud Al-Osaimi, said the monthly funding confirmed the REDF’s determined efforts to support Saudi citizens looking to own their first home.

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