Seminar – Coursework Example

1. Brief definitions and scope of the seminar topic The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has strict labor laws and women are most affected by these laws (Shaban, 2005, 37). Women have been sidelined on issues of employment as they are gender biased and do not favor women. The move to encourage more nationals to seek employment in the private sector has amplified regulation of labor. More regulations have been put in place, for example, the introduction of Nitiqat system in 2011. The amendments of the law have been published, but they are yet to be ratified. The seminar aims at helping the class understand the labor laws better. The discussion in the seminar will also help female managers and other practitioners understand the scope of the laws.
2. A. What are the key requirements from line managers expressed in or implied by the Labour Law?
The requirement of line managers as indicated in this law is to perform duties according to the employer’s instructions. However, women should only engage in limited activities as they should not directly interact with men as required by the culture in the country. As line managers, women carry out light jobs that are seen feminine. They take care of the tools and machinery provided by the employer as well as managing other employees in his line. She is also accountable for supervising the work, offering technical expertise and dealing with clients and customers. Additionally these line managers ensure the quality of goods produced is good. It is worth noting that these managers may also be involved in human resource activities such as recruiting, disciplining and conducting performance appraisal.
b. What are the key requirements from the HRM functions of organisations expressed in or implied by the Labour Law?
The human resource management team has a mandate to, dismiss workers on the cases set forth by the law, give fines and penalties to employees who do not fulfill their mandate as indicated in the contract (Stone, 2007, 520). They are also at liberty to withhold allowances up to one year and postpone promotion for a period not exceeding one year. The labor laws do not adhere to Human resource principles. The HRM is responsible for motivating workers, helping them sharpen their skills as well as recruiting and staffing.
The kingdom of Saudi Arabia should amend its labor laws to favor the women employees who for a long time have been violated by unscrupulous employers. Many women from this kingdom prefer to seek employment from outside where the laws are not segregating. Most of them remain as housewives and have no opportunity to contribute to the growth of the economy. Favorable labor laws will encourage women to seek employment in the private sector and attract skilled expatriates hence importing technology.
Shaban. (2005). Labor Law. Journal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia of labor laws, 14.
Stone, R. J. (2007). Managing human resources. Milton, Qld: John Wiley & Sons Australia.