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  1. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 83 of 2018 amending Law No. 1 of 2016 on Promulgating the Company Law. - Legislation Online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2018-07-22 | Date of entry into force: 2018-07-22 | KWT-2018-L-108390

    This Law amends Articles 111, 114 and 2016 of Law No. 1 of 2016 on Promulgating the Company Law.

  2. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 17 of 2018 amending Law No. 6 of 2010 concerning Labour in the Private Sector. (قانون رقم 17 لسنة 2018 بتعديل بعض احكام القانون رقم 6 لسنة 2010 بشأن العمل في القطاع الاهلي) - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2018-05-06 | Date of entry into force: 2018-05-06 | KWT-2018-L-108307

    This Law amends Section 51 of Law No. 6 of 2010 concerning Labour in the Private Sector, which states that Kuwaiti nationals are entitled to full indemnities at the end of their service without employers deducting sums from their salaries to pay for the Public Authority for Social Security subscription. Indemnities will be paid in full by the current employer at the end of their service retrospectively actively from the date of Kuwait Law No. 6/2010 being implemented.

  3. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 6 of 2018 on the approval of the Paris Climate Agreement. (قانون رقم 6 لسنة 2018 بالموافقة على اتفاق باريس لتغيير المناخ) - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2018-03-18 | KWT-2018-L-108300

    The Kuwait's Government approves the Paris Climate Agreement, signed in New York on 22/04/2016.

  4. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 85 of 2017 on amending some provisions of Law No. 6 of 2010 regarding Labour in the Private Sector. (قانون رقم 85 لسنة 2017 بتعديل بعض احكام القانون رقم 6 لسنة 2010 في شأن العمل بالقطاع الاهلي) - Legislation Online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2017-07-09 | Date of entry into force: 2017-07-09 | KWT-2017-L-107350

    This Law amends and replaces Articles 51 and 70 of Law No. 6 of 2010 regarding Labour in the Private Sector.

    Article 51, deals with end of service gratuity payments and their relationship with pension contributions. The Amending Law states that upon ending his/her service, an employee is entitled to a full/complete end of service gratuity payment without deducting pension contributions made by the employer towards the Public Institution for Social Security.

    Article 70, deals with annual leave entitlements for employees. The Amending Law stipulates that “an employee has the right to 30-days’ paid annual leave in the first year of service provided that he has completed at least six months with the employer. Weekend holidays, public holidays and sick leave days shall not be counted as part of annual holidays.”

  5. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 1 of 2016 Promulgating the Company Law. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2016-02-01 | KWT-2016-L-104052

    Part I: General Provisions.
    Part II: General Partnership Company.
    Part III: Limited Partnership Company.
    Part IV: Partnership Limited by Shares.
    Part V: Joint Venture Company.
    Part VI: Professional Company.
    Part VII: Single Person Company.
    Part VIII: Limited Liability Company.
    Part IX: Public Shareholding Company.
    Part X: Closed Shareholding Company.
    Part XI: Holding Company.
    Part XII: Transformation, Merger, Division and Termination of Companies.
    Part XIII: Supervision, Inspection and Penalties.

    The ministers, each in their respective capacity, shall implement this law, which shall become effective as of 26 November 2012, with the exception of the regulation of Chapter 2 of Section 13, which shall be come effective as of the date as issuance.

  6. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 99 of 2015 amending some provisions of the Environmental Protection Law No. 42 of 2014. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2015-09-06 | Date of entry into force: 2015-09-06 | KWT-2015-L-101782

    This Law amends some provisions of the Environmental Protection Law, in particular: the Minister activity is held in coordination with the Council of Ministers; strengthens the provisions against smoking; stiffens controls on import and export of equipment and appliances containing controlled substances included in Montreal Protocol; water protection includes surface waters and prohibits well drilling without a previous permit; prohibits fishery activities in Kuwait Bay; reduces the time to implement the Regulation from 5 to 3 years from the moment of its publication; and strengthens the penalties for those who violate the provisions of the Law.

  7. Kuwait - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Executive Regulations Implementing Law No. 116 of 2013 Regarding the Promotion of Direct Investment in the State of Kuwait. - Legislation online in English Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2014-12-14 | Date of entry into force: 2014-12-14 | KWT-2014-R-98363

    Chapter I: Definitions.
    Chapter II: Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority.
    Chapter III: One-Stop Shop.
    Chapter IV: Investment Entity and Applications to be submitted to the Authority.
    Chapter V: Rules of License Applications.
    Chapter VI: Incentives and Exemptions.
    Chapter VII: Grievances.
    Chapter VIII: Judicial Officers.
    Chapter IX: Investment Register.

  8. Kuwait - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Kuwait Direct Investment Promotion Authority Order No. 35 of 2014 on Principles, Rules and Procedures for Licensing Branches and Representative Offices of Foreign Companies in the State of Kuwait. - Legislation online in English Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2014-12-14 | Date of entry into force: 2014-12-09 | KWT-2014-R-98438

    Article I: Licensing Requirements for Branches and Representative Offices of Foreign Companies in the State of Kuwait.
    Article II: Terms of Commitment for Licensed Branches and Representative Offices of Foreign Companies in the State of Kuwait.

  9. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 116 of 2014 on Public Private Partnerships. - Legislation online in English Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2014-08-17 | Date of entry into force: 2014-08-17 | KWT-2014-L-99819

    Article 1: DEFINITIONS.
    Article 2-3: THE HIGHER COMMITTEE AND ITS COMPETENCES.
    Article 4-6: THE AUTHORITY AND ITS COMPETENCES.
    Article 7: PROJECTS EXISTING BEFORE THE ENTRY OF THIS LAW INTO FORCE.
    Article 8-9: ANNOUNCEMENT AND PROJECTS PROCUREMENT PROCEDURES.
    Article 10-17: INCORPORATION OF THE PROJECT COMPANIES.
    Article 18-19: INVESTMENT TERM AND TRANSFER OF THE PROJECT TO THE STATE.
    Article 20-22: INITIATIVES AND DISTINGUISHED PROJECTS.
    Article 23: PROJECT FINANCE.
    Article 24: DISSOLUTION OF THE COMPANY OR ASSIGNMENT OF THE PROJECT.
    Article 25: SUBSTITUTION OF THE INVESTOR.
    Article 26: HINDERED PROJECTS.
    Article 27: THE EXECUTIVE REGULATIONS.
    Article 28: INCENTIVES AND EXEMPTIONS.
    Article 29: DISPUTE RESOLUTION.
    Article 30: RE-PROCUREMENT OF PROJECTS TRANSFERRED TO THE STATE.
    Article 31: FINANCIAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE SUPERVISION.
    Article 32: GRIEVANCE.
    Article 33: RELEVANT MINISTER'S REPORT.
    Article 34: GENERAL PROVISIONS.
    Article 35: FORM OF THE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT.
    Article 36: AUTHORITY TO AMEND TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT.
    Article 37: CANCELLATION OF THE PROJECT.
    Article 38: SCOPE OF THE LAW.
    Article 39: AUTHORITY TO CONCLUDE THE PPP AGREEMENT.
    Article 40: THE PRINCIPLE OF EQUALITY.
    Article 41: QUALITY CERTIFICATE.
    Article 42- 48: FINAL PROVISIONS.

  10. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 42 of 2014 on Environmental Protection. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2014-07-13 | Date of entry into force: 2014-07-13 | KWT-2014-L-99818

    This Law aims at: protecting and maintaining the natural balance of the environment and its resources; combating the pollution and its damages, at both short and long term; banning any party whatsoever, whether a company or institution or consultation office from carrying out any work in this field without prior consent of the EPA; obliging all firm owners in the country to implement all the engineering and environmental requirements set by the EPA; planning programs for economic, agricultural, industrial, touristic and urban development to improve the level of livelihoods; guaranteeing a sustainable development and preserving the biodiversity; protecting the health of human beings and other organisms; and protecting the environment from the dangerous effects from neighboring countries.

  11. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 39 of 2014 on Consumer Protection. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2014-06-08 | Date of entry into force: 2014-06-08 | KWT-2014-L-99831

    Chapter I: Definitions.
    Chapter II: The Consumer Protection Law requires the establishment of an independent national committee for consumer protection and governs the Committee's operations.
    Chapter III: Provides a framework for private consumer protection societies. Chapter IV: The rights of consumers.
    Chapter V: The obligations of the merchant or service provider.
    Chapter VI: Regulates the advertisement of goods and services
    Chapter VII: Penalties.
    Chapter VIII: General Provisions.
    Chapter IX: Final Provisions.

  12. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 21 of 2014 amending Decree Law No. 23 of 1990 on Regulation of the Judiciary Law. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2014-02-23 | Date of entry into force: 2014-02-23 | KWT-2014-L-99809

    Amends Article 7(2) of Decree Law No. 23 of 1990 on Regulation of the Judiciary Law.

  13. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 20 of 2014 concerning Electronic Transactions. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2014-02-23 | Date of entry into force: 2015-01-04 | KWT-2014-L-99810

    Chapter I: Definitions.
    Chapter II: General Provisions.
    Chapter III: Document or electronic record.
    Chapter IV: Electronic Signature.
    Chapter V: Use of the electronic documents and signatures by the government.
    Chapter VI: Electronic Payment.
    Chapter VII: Privacy and Data Protection.
    Chapter VIII: Penalties.

  14. Kuwait - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ministerial Order No. 226 of 2014 on Small and Medium Enterprises. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2014-02-23 | Date of entry into force: 2014-02-23 | KWT-2014-R-99811

    This Order Regulates the Small and Medium Enterprises Employment, Insurances and Work Permits.

  15. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 60 of 2013 approving the Arab Convention to Combat Crimes of Information Technology. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2013-06-25 | Date of entry into force: 2013-06-25 | KWT-2013-L-97239

    The Kuwait Government approves the Arab Convention to Combat Crimes of Information Technology.

  16. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 84 of 2013 approving the Arab Human Rights Charter. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2013-06-25 | Date of entry into force: 2013-06-25 | KWT-2013-L-97240

    The Government of Kuwait approved the Arab Human Rights Charter signed on 18/09/2006.

  17. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 86 of 2013 Approving the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2013-06-25 | Date of entry into force: 2013-06-25 | KWT-2013-L-97241

    The Government of Kuwait approves the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

  18. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 116 of 2013 on Promoting Direct Investment in the State of Kuwait. - Legislation online in Arabic Legislation online in English

    Adoption: 2013-06-16 | Date of entry into force: 2013-12-16 | KWT-2013-L-98362

    Article 1: Definitions.
    Article 2: Establishment of the Authority.
    Article 3: Aims of the Authority.
    Article 4: Tasks of the Authority.
    Article 5: Board of Directors of the Authority.
    Article 6: Meetings of the Board.
    Article 7: Conflict of Interest.
    Article 8: Powers of the Board.
    Article 9: Director General.
    Article 10: Financials of the Authority.
    Article 11: Negative List.
    Article 12: Type of Investment Entity.
    Article 13: Rules of Application.
    Article 14: Issuance of Licenses.
    Article 15: Term for Decision on Application.
    Article 16: Rejection of Application.
    Article 17: One-Stop Shop.
    Article 18: Accounts of the Investment Entity.
    Article 19: Compensation for Expropriation.
    Article 20: Disposal of the Investment Entity.
    Article 21: Merger of Investment Entities.
    Article 22: Transfer of Monies Abroad.
    Article 23: Confidentiality of Information.
    Article 24: Legislative Framework of Direct Investments.
    Article 25: Scope of the Law's Application.
    Article 26: Competent Courts.
    Article 27: Incentives and Exemptions.
    Article 28: Applicability of Incentives and Exemptions to Partnerships of the Public and Private Sectors.
    Article 29: Application and Criteria for Granting of Incentives.
    Article 30: Investment Register.
    Article 31: Annual Report.
    Article 32: Sanctions in Case of Violation of the Law or the License.
    Article 33: Appointment and Powers of Judicial Officers.
    Article 34: Obligations of the Investor.
    Article 35: Funds, Assets and Employees of the Authority.
    Article 36: Executive Regulations.
    Article 37: Repeal of Law No. (8) of 2001.
    Article 38: Implementation of the Law.

  19. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 85 of 2013 Approving the accession of the State of Kuwait to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism. - Legislation online in Arabic Legislation online in English

    Adoption: 2013-05-26 | Date of entry into force: 2013-05-26 | KWT-2013-L-97175

    The accession of the State of Kuwait to the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism.

  20. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 108 of 2013 amending Law No. 6 of 2010 concerning Labour in the Private Sector. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2013-05-19 | Date of entry into force: 2013-05-19 | KWT-2013-L-97117

    Amends Article 10 of Law No. 6 of 2010 concerning Labour in the private sector, which requires prior approval by the Authority before granting a work permit to foreign manpower.

  21. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 90 of 2013 amending Law No. 6 of 2010 concerning Labour in the Private Sector. - Legislation online in Arabic

    Adoption: 2013-03-17 | Date of entry into force: 2013-03-17 | KWT-2013-L-97118

    Amends Article 9 of Law No. 6 of 2010 concerning Labour in the Private Sector, which establishes "Public Authority of Manpower" supervised by the Minister of Labour and Social Affairs which will be responsible for recruitment of foreign employees.

  22. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 91 of 2013 Combating Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants. - Legislation online in Arabic Legislation online in English

    Adoption: 2013-03-17 | Date of entry into force: 2013-03-17 | KWT-2013-L-97177

    Article 1: Definitions.
    Article 2: States that anyone who has committed the crime of trafficking in persons shall be sentenced to 15 years
    in prison and to lifetime imprisonment.
    Article 3: Deals with the smuggling of migrants.
    Article 4: Definitions.
    Article 5,6,7,8,9: Penalties.

  23. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 6/2010 concerning Labour in the Private Sector.

    Adoption: 2010-02-10 | Date of entry into force: 2010-02-21 | KWT-2010-L-83616

    CHAPTER I - GENERAL PROVISIONS
    CHAPTER II - EMPLOYMENT, APPRENTICESHIP AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING
    Section One: Employment
    Section Two: Apprenticeship and Vocational Training
    Section Three: Employment of Juveniles
    Section Four: Employment of Women
    CHAPTER III - INDIVIDUAL WORK CONTRACTS
    Section One: Work Contract Framework
    Section Two: Obligations of Workers and Employers Regulations and Penalties
    Section Three: Termination of Contract and Termination Indemnities
    CHAPTER IV - ORGANIZATION OF WORK AND WORKING CONDITIONS
    Section One: Wages
    Section Two: Working Hours and Weekly Leave
    Section Three: Annual Paid Leave
    Section Four: Occupational Safety and Health
    1. The rules for occupational safety and health
    2. Work injuries and occupational diseases
    CHAPTER V - COLLECTIVE LABOUR RELATIONS
    Section One: Organization of Workers and Employers and the Rights of Unions
    Section Two: Collective Employment Contracts
    Section Three: Collective Labour Disputes
    CHAPTER VI - LABOUR INSPECTION AND PENALTIES
    Section One: Labour Inspection
    Section Two: Penalties
    CHAPTER VII - FINAL PROVISIONS

  24. Kuwait - General provisions - Miscellaneous (circular, directive, legal notice, instruction, etc.)

    Explanatory Note for Labour Code No. 6/2010 regarding Work in the Private Sector.

    Adoption: 2010-02-10 | Date of entry into force: 2010-02-21 | KWT-2010-M-83617

    The Explanatory Note for Labour Code No. 6/2010 on Work in the Private Sector provides a short summary of each of the articles in the Labour Code.

  25. Kuwait - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Implementing regulations to Law No. 65 enacting the Industry Law.

    Adoption: 1999-08-31 | KWT-1999-R-57671

    Makes provision for granting of industrial licences, industrial registers, industrial plots, obligations of industrial enterprises and traders, organisation and duties of the Public Body of Industry, and for some related matters.

  26. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 26 of 1999 on Free Zones. - Act on-line

    Adoption: 1999 | KWT-1999-L-83362

    Provides for the establishment of free zones, for their activities and undertakings.

  27. Kuwait - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Resolution No. 1 of 1997 passed by the Stock Exchange Market Commission of Kuwait concerning the rules for listing the shares of closed Kuwaiti and Arab Joint Stock companies in the stock exchange market of Kuwait.

    Adoption: 1997-12-08 | Date of entry into force: 1997-12-09 | KWT-1997-R-53058

    This Resolution is based on the Amiri Decree of 14 August 1983 concerning the regulation of the Stock Exchange Market of Kuwait.

  28. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 56 of 1996 concerning the enactment of the Industry Law. - Law on-line

    Adoption: 1996-09-09 | Date of entry into force: 1996-12-15 | KWT-1996-L-47030

    Comprehensive legislation concerning industrial licenses, industrial register, means of encouraging and supporting the development of industry, and obligations of firms. Creates a Public Body of Industry which shall develop policies to foster industry. The percentage of Kuwaiti personnel engaged in a Kuwaiti industrial enterprise may be no less than 25 per cent (s. 31).

  29. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 6 of 1996 to add a new section 104 bis to the Criminal Procedure and Penalties Code promulgated by Law No. 17 of 1960.

    Adoption: 1996-02-05 | Date of entry into force: 1996-02-05 | KWT-1996-L-44597

  30. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 30 of 1995 to amend certain provisions of the Private Sector Labour Code (Law No. 38 of 1964)

    Adoption: 1995-07-26 | Date of entry into force: 1995-07-26 | KWT-1995-L-42988

    Amendments to section 3 ("a" GCC citizens exempted from requirement of ministerial authorization for employment of foreigners; "b" employers to bring foreign workers into Kuwait only if they themselves actually need them and employ them); section 11 (regulation of the establishment and operation of authorized employment agencies; probibition of fee-charging with respect to workers recruited), and section 97 (employers acting in breach of the Code to be warned in writing and, failing remedial action within a specified period, fined between 100 and 200 Dinars per worker affected; penalty doubled for recividism). Under a new section 97 bis, violations of section 3(b) are punishable by imprisonment for up to 3 years and/or a fine of up to 5000 Dinars.

  31. Kuwait - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Order by the Finance Minister No. 3 of 1990 concerning customs manifests and regulations.

    Adoption: 1990-03-12 | Date of entry into force: 1990-05-01 | KWT-1990-R-53262

    This Order si based on Law No. 21 of 1964 concerning the boycott of Israel Consolidated Law, and Law No. 13 of 1980 related to Customs. It contains provisions on manifests, means of carriage and shipping and unshipping of goods, rules for exemption of personal effects and commercial samples, transit goods, temporary admission, customs depots, customs clearing, sale of the goods, customs areas, customs violations and persons vested with power to seize and reach.

  32. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Decree Law No. 23 of 1990: Regulation of the Judiciary Law.

    Adoption: 1990 | KWT-1990-L-47028

    Provides for the legal system for Kuwait. Courts shall be composed of Court of Cassation, Court of Appeal, Al Kulliya Court, and Summary Court. Part III covers the appointment of and disciplinary actions against judges. Available in Arabic and English.

  33. Kuwait - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Ministerial Order No. 87 of 1989 concerning working conditions in the private sector.

    Adoption: 1989-01-14 | KWT-1989-R-8100

    It concerns the registration of employers and unemployed workers, the employment of workers and the issuance of work permits.

  34. Kuwait - General provisions - Regulation, Decree, Ordinance

    Order No. 21 of the Minister of Finance, relevant to the stipulations and rules pertaining to the addition of service periods prior to obtaining Kuwaiti nationality.

    Adoption: 1982-01-01 | KWT-1982-R-16755

  35. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law No. 38 of 1964 concerning Labour in the Private Sector - Law in Arabic

    Adoption: 1964-08-01 | KWT-1964-L-36003

    Consists of 15 Chapters and 98 articles. Chapter I provides for scope of law's implementation. Chapter II concerns migration and work permit. Chapters III and IV deals with employment and contracts. Chapters V and VI regulate employment of juveniles and women. Chapters VII and VIII govern wages and hours of work and leave. Chapter IX concerns working conditions. Chapter X deals with work regulation and penalties. Chapter XI regulates expiry of labour contracts and terminal indemnity. Chapter XII provides for compensation for labour accidents and industrial diseases. Chapters XIII and XIV regulate organisations of labourers and employers, and conciliation and arbitration of collective labour disputes. Chapter XV deals with general matters. This Law supersedes the Private Sector Labour Law of 1959, the Amiri Decree No. 43 of 1960 and Law No. 1 of 1961.

  36. Kuwait - General provisions - Constitution

    Constitution of Kuwait. (دستور دولة الكويت، الصادر في 14 جمادى الثاني الموافق 11 نوفمبر 1962) - Constitution on-line Constitution in Arabic

    Adoption: 1962-11-11 | KWT-1962-C-74769

    Includes 5 parts: Part I "The State and the system of Government"; Part II "The fundamental constituents of the Kuwaiti society"; Part III "Public rights and duties"; Part IV "Powers"; Part V "General and transitional provisions". Provides, inter alia, for the obligation of the State to care for public health (art. 15) and social security (art. 11), equality of all people before the law (art. 29), right to education (art. 40) and work (art. 41), prohibition of forced labour and its exceptions (art. 42), freedom of association (art. 43).

  37. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Law of Commercial Companies. - Law on-line

    Adoption: 1960-10-19 | KWT-1960-L-83363

    Regulates the formation and functioning of companies.

  38. Kuwait - General provisions - Law, Act

    Nationality Law, 1959. - Law on-line

    Adoption: 1959 | KWT-1959-L-83364

    Provides for the modalities to be fulfilled in order to obtain Kuwaiti citizenship.


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