Labor Relations Authority (LRA) has appealed all institutions to hand out this year’s Ramadan allowance to their staff as obliged under law.
LRA said it has come to their attention that employers are not paying Ramadan allowances as accorded by the Employment Act. Hence, the authority advised all institutions to hand out the Ramadan allowance before the beginning of this year’s Ramadan.
Finance ministry also called on all institutions to hand out the Ramadan allowance latest by May 10. According to the calendar, Ramadan begins on May 16.
An amendment was recently passed to the Employment Act, to make MVR 3,000 the Ramadan bonus for all Maldivians and Muslim expatriate employees in Maldives. However, it is voluntary for employers to give Ramadan allowance to expatriate workers.
Although the Ramadan allowance has been made mandatory there are still many cases where this bonus is being denied by some employers. LRA received 40 such cases, where the institution denied the allowance to their staff.
LRA also recently held an awareness campaign on social media to create more awareness regarding the Ramadan bonus.