KUWAIT CITY, Nov 30: Dr. Issam Saad Al-Rubaian, the Head of the Civil Service Bureau, has issued an internal circular, No. 13 of 2023, introducing a flexible working hours system. The key provisions of the circular are outlined as follows:
- Official Working Hours:
- The official working hours on regular working days will be 7 hours.
- Employees are permitted to start their work between seven and nine in the morning.
- The employee must complete 7 working hours based on their arrival time, adhering to legally mandated break periods.
- Grace Period:
- A 30-minute grace period starts after nine o’clock in the morning.
- Employees have the right to leave 30 minutes before the specified departure time if they arrive on time without using the grace period.
- Female employees are granted an additional 15-minute grace period for departure.
- The grace period cannot be split between arrival and departure.
- Late Arrival Calculation:
- Minutes of delay at the beginning of the workday are calculated after the last attendance time.
- The grace period for starting work after nine-thirty in the morning is considered.
- Call-In Hours:
- Hours for calling in at the start of work are calculated from the time specified by the employee between seven and nine in the morning.
- The regulations in sections one and two do not apply to employees subject to reduced working hours for legally prescribed reasons or those under the partial absence without pay system.
- Affected employees must consult the Administrative Affairs Department to determine suitable work hours from the provided options.
- Effective Date:
- The circular will take effect from December 3, 2023.
- The provisions of Civil Service Council Resolution No. 41 of 2006 and External Court Resolution No. 3 of 2023 remain unaffected.
This circular aims to introduce flexibility in working hours, providing employees with options while ensuring adherence to legal and organizational standards.
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