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Bahrain King issues new decree to close gender pay gap

MANAMA, August 5, 2021

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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