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Labour Code (No. 8 of 1996).

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General provisions; Labour codes, general labour and employment acts
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This Code repeals the Labour Code, Act No. 21 of 1960, and all amendments made thereto; regulations, instructions and decisions issued thereunder shall remain in force for a maximum period of two years unless they conflict with the new Labour Code. Chapter I defines the words and expressions to be used in the Code, including casual work, temporary work, seasonal work, collective agreement, young persons, occupational disease, and industrial injury. Article 3 specifies persons who are excluded from the scope of the Code. Chapter II covers labour inspection. Chapter III covers recruitment and career guidance, providing for, inter alia, the organization of the labour market and for career guidance by the Ministry of Labour, for the establishment of private employment offices, and for the employment of non-Jordanians. Chapter IV relates to contracts of employment, including subcontracting work; validity of contracts in case of change in employer, and termination or suspension of contracts of employment in certain economic or technical conditions. Chapter V covers vocational training contracts. Chapter VI provides for collective agreements, the drafting of such agreements, and the parties to which such agreements are binding. Chapter VII provides for protection of remuneration; remuneration shall be specified in the contract of employment. Chapter VIII covers organization of work and leave time: periods of work, rest, work offenses, and penalties and measures taken to that effect, including dismissal. This chapter also concerns industries and trades where women's work is prohibited; hours during which women may not be employed; maternity leave with full pay; the provision of child care under certain conditions; the prohibition of employing young persons under the age of 16; hours of work for young persons; documents to be submitted by young persons prior to their employment; and fines to be paid for the violation of this chapter. Chapter IX provides for occupational safety and health; necessary precautions and measures for the protection of workers to be taken by employers, and types of work where a person cannot be employed without a medical check-up to certify his physical fitness for such work. Chapter X covers work injuries and occupational diseases; the provisions of this chapter cover workers not covered by the Social Security Law in force. Chapter XI relates to the establishment of trade unions; the objective of trade unions; the statutes of trade unions; unions branches; and trade union registration. Chapter XII covers the settlement of collective labour disputes; the appointment of conciliation officers; mediation proceedings; industrial tribunals; fines liable in case of violation of the provisions of a settlement or award; and strikes and lock-outs. Available in English.

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    Serial title
    Al-Jarida Al-Rasmiya
    No. 4113
    Page range
    pp. 1173-1219