This post was contributed by Heros Leask, Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright (Middle East) LLP.
On September 2nd 2012, the Kingdomof Bahrain’s Legislative Decree Law No. 36 of 2012 (the New Law) took effect, replacing Decree No. 23 of 1976, the Labour Law for the Private Sector. The New Law was approved by the Bahraini Cabinet and brought into force a number of amendments to existing labour laws (largely reconciling differences between the public and private sectors). One of the changes enacted by the New Law has proved particularly controversial.