GCC Laws
Kuwait
Wages and Termination

Wages and Termination

Q: Under what circumstances can an employer terminate a worker’s service without notice in Kuwait?

An employer can terminate a laborer's service without notice, indemnity, or remuneration if the employee:

  • Commits a fault resulting in a gross loss to the employer.
  • Uses any fraudulent act or cheating to obtain the work.
  • Discloses secrets related to the firm, causing or potentially causing losses.
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Q: What are the conditions under which an employer may terminate a laborer in Kuwait?

An employer may terminate a worker if the worker:

  • Is convicted of a crime affecting honor, honesty, or morality.
  • Commits an act against public morals at the workplace.
  • Assaults a fellow worker, the employer, or the employer's representative during or because of work.
  • Breaches or fails to carry out obligations under the contract and the law.
  • Repeatedly disobeys the employer's instructions.

Q: What happens if a worker discontinues work without an acceptable reason for seven consecutive days or twenty interrupted days within one year?

If a worker in Kuwait discontinues work without an acceptable reason for seven consecutive days or twenty interrupted days within one year, the employer may deem the laborer legally resigned.

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Q: How can an unlimited period work contract be terminated by either party?

An unlimited period work contract can be terminated by either party by giving written notice as follows:

a) At least three months prior if the worker is paid a monthly salary.

b) At least one month prior if the worker is not paid a monthly salary.

If the termination notice period is not observed, the party responsible must pay the other party an amount equal to the laborer's salary for the notice period.

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