Ministry of Labor Introduces Enhancements to E-Contract Systems

Doha, Qatar: The Ministry of Labor has unveiled significant enhancements to its digital employment contract authentication services. The unified digital platform now empowers private sector employees to review and approve or decline contract terms digitally. Furthermore, the Ministry offers an e-service for authenticating domestic worker contracts, eliminating the need for in-person visits to service centers.

This move underscores the Ministry's commitment to continually improve its contract authentication services. The goal is to leverage technology to advance the labor sector. Once the contract authentication process concludes, it automatically initiates a contract audit.

The contract authentication service allows applications to be submitted to establishments via the employers' portal using the National Authentication System (NAS). The application is then transferred to the worker through the workers' and individuals' portal for contract data verification. As a result, the contract is available in 11 different languages. The platform also permanently provides the ratified contract for both the establishment and the worker for printing.

Prerequisites for Accessing E-Services:

To benefit from the e-contract authentication service, the worker's data in the contract must be related to the visa number for initial contract ratification or the worker's personal number for expatriate contract ratification. The establishment official is responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the registered data and contract signatures through a mandatory declaration within the digital service. The required attachments for the service include the signed employment contract by both parties and additional attachments specified by the system based on the contract type.

To complete contract authentication services, users must log in through the National Authentication System (NAS). Private sector establishments can log in using the smart card via the employers' portal, while individuals and workers can log in by providing the personal number. It's also necessary to link employer and employee phone numbers to the personal ID number through telecommunications companies for identity verification and updating the national address with the Ministry of Interior.

To proceed with the service, a valid bank payment card is required to pay the associated fees through the payment gateway by linking with Hukoomi.

Service Overview:

Employers, whether representing private sector establishments or individual recruiters for domestic employees, must log in to the platform. They can then submit a contract authentication request based on the contract's category. Next, they need to enter the contract details of both parties - the worker and the employer.

A copy of the contract, available in both Arabic and the worker's language, is then printed and signed by both parties. Following the signing, this copy, along with any additional documents, is re-uploaded for review by the ministry's staff to ensure it aligns correctly. After successful payment, digitally certified copies of the contract become accessible to both the worker and the employer.