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Labour and Human Resource

SASLO has a team of specialized employment lawyers. We advise clients, both employers and employees, on all aspects of Omani Labour Law. We act for a wide array of companies, both foreign and local, in ensuring compliance with the requirements of Omani labour law, paying particularly close attention to the importance of meeting Omanisation targets. In this regard, we have drafted employment manuals and internal procedures relating to salary, overtime, benefits, annual leave, sick leave, end of service benefits, and on-the-job health and safety. We also advise clients on labour union issues and pension funds.

In addition, we have devised programs for the processing of employee grievances and developed rules for evaluating employees’ capabilities and, in the event of their unsatisfactory performance, for documenting any reviews and warnings to ensure proper termination and there by minimize the risk of an unfair dismissal claim by the employee.

We also represent both employers and employees in labour disputes both before the Labour Disputes Settlement Department of the Ministry of Manpower and at all three levels of the Omani court system (Primary, Appeal and the Supreme).

Our Senior Lawyers among them have accumulated vast experience in representing companies and individuals in employment-related matters in Oman and the region. In addition, our Dispute Resolution team has been handling labour-related cases in the Omani courts since inception of the firm 23 years ago.

Description of services undertaken by SASLO under this sector:

  • Preparation of Employment policies and advising on various HR issues, drafting employment contracts for Omani and expatriate employees;
  • Advising on Trade Union issues and conducting negotiations with Ministry of Manpower on disputes with the Trade Union;
  • Advising on various employment law issues, such as working hours, salaries, leave benefits, Omanisation requirements;
  • Advising on post-merger employee issues and employee disputes arising;
  • Advising on employment disputes and representation in litigation against former employees through various phases of dispute resolution from the Ministry of Manpower, primary court, court of appeal and the supreme court, and also advising the client on local court and ministerial custom and practice;
  • SASLO has been working closely with the HR departments of several companies to establish HR procedures, standard employment contracts (for Omanis and Expatriates), training contracts with national and international training institutes and trainees, and also in relation to discussions with the relevant authorities including the Ministry of Manpower and PASI;
  • Advising on all sorts of employment matter such as termination and settlement of employment contracts, drafting detailed (incentive based) employment contracts for the top management and health and safety regulations and procedures;

Local Court representation and advocacy

We provide full litigation services for clients, with English and Arabic language capability, from corporate and commercial dispute resolution to employment and Sharia law. We are regularly briefed to appear before the Primary, Appellate and Supreme Court of Oman, and in arbitration proceedings.

Our dispute resolution practice is supplemented with our very strong commercial and corporate practice and in-depth knowledge of the laws and practice in the Sultanate of Oman.

We also attempt to resolve matters through negotiation, mediation or any other appropriate manner for business relationships to be maintained. We have the skills and experience to represent our clients in litigation at all levels. A snap shot of our litigation methodology is given below:

  • preparation of appropriate briefs, memoranda and relevant exhibits for submission;
  • submission of briefs, memoranda and relevant exhibits to the court;
  • representing clients in proceedings before primary court, appellate and high court;
  • liaison with any court appointed experts; and
  • assistance and advice in respect of preparation of necessary documents, applications, objections, complaints and grievances before judicial and administrative authorities, ROP and any other government.