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I came to Kuwait through a company and am working as a Software Architect for one of the ministries in Kuwait. My company is paying me my indemnity every month as part of my salary so now if my salary is KD 600 they say KD 550 is the salary and KD 50 the indemnity. Is this how it’s supposed to be done? This is causing other issues like bank accounts getting blocked

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Answer: First of all you need to know that the Kuwait Labor is for the private sector and does not affect the working of the government sector, especially the ministries. As such all the ministries are allowed to have their own special contracts and if your ministry says that a part of the salary is your indemnity then the law stands with the ministry … If this is mentioned in your contract. If this is not mentioned in your contract then you can take the ministry to court over the issue, provided your contract says that you are entitled to end of service benefits. Some ministries have special contracts these days which clearly mention that your lump-sum pay is all that you will receive. You have to be watchful while signing the contract because there is nothing you can do later.

Source - Arab Times

Note - All the answers were provided by Arab Times Legal Clinic.

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