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Labour Law

Law No. 36 of 2012
The promulgation of the labour law in the private sector

We, Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain,

After perusal of the Constitution;

The Civil and Commercial Procedure Law promulgated by virtue of Law No. 12 of 1971 as amended;

The Labour Law in the private sector promulgated by virtue of Decree Law No. 23 of 1976 as amended;

The Social Insurance Law promulgated by virtue of Decree Law No. 24 of 1976 as amended;

The Law of Evidence in Civil and Commercial matters promulgated by virtue of Decree Law
No. 14 of 1996 as amended by Law No. 13 of 2005;

The Civil Code promulgated by virtue of Decree Law No. 19 of 2001;

The Law on Workers Trade Unions promulgated by virtue of Decree Law No. 33 of 2002 as
amended by virtue of Law No. 49 of 2006;

Law No. 19 of 2006 on the organization of the labour market;

Law No. 74 of 2006 on the welfare, rehabilitation and employment of persons with disabilities;

Law No. 3 of 2008 on the General Authority for Social Insurance

The State Council and the Council of Ministers enacted the following law and we ratified it and
promulgated it as follows:

Article 1

The Labour Law for the private sector hereto attached shall be implemented.

Article 2

The Ministerial decisions issued in implementation of the provisions of the Labour Law for the Private Sector promulgated by virtue of Decree Law No.23 of 1976 shall remain in force when not contrary to the provisions of the attached law, until the Minister in charge of labour-related matters in the private sector issues the necessary decisions for the implementation of its provisions within six month as of the date of its promulgation.

Article 3

Subject to the provision of Article 2 of this Law, the Labour Law for the Private Sector promulgated by virtue Decree Law No. 23 of 1976 shall be repealed in addition to any text violating the provisions of the Law hereto attached.

Article 4

The Prime Minister and the Ministers, each within their respective area of jurisdiction, shall implement the provisions of this Law which enters into force one month as of the date of its publication in the Official Gazette.


King of Bahrain,
Hamad Ben Issa Al Khalifa
Promulgated in Rifa’a Palace
On July 26, 2012

Last Update: Tuesday 28 July 2015