The most important aspects of social security legislation in the KSA
The most important aspects of social security legislation in the KSA

The most important aspects of social security legislation in the KSA

The most important aspects of social security legislation in the KSA

The social security system plays a major role in the stability of many families. In today’s article, we will address the most important aspects of the Social Security Act in the Kingdom.
The law is mainly concerned with establishing measures to combat poverty, ensure a minimum income that meets the basic needs of each beneficiary by estimating the minimum pension and providing appropriate support.
It also provides social protection to recipients in need, enabling them to achieve financial independence and become productive individuals through education and qualifications. Recipients should comply with all ministry requirements regarding their rehabilitation and training plans.
The following categories are excluded from the nationality requirement: A non-Saudi Arabian woman married to a Saudi; a non-Saudi widow or divorced woman with Saudi children; children of a Saudi widow or divorced woman from a non-Saudi Arabian man; and people with disabilities, widows and orphans, including orphans with mobility cards.
In the following situations, the pension will be suspended, especially if one of the eligibility criteria is missing: If it is proven to the Ministry that the data provided is incorrect; if the recipient delays the updating of the personal data requested by the Ministry for a period exceeding 30 days from the date on which he or she was notified; if it was proved that the beneficiary has not complied with its rehabilitation plan; if the beneficiary, who is able to work, is not looking for work or has not applied for the recruitment platforms approved by the Ministry; or if the beneficiary waives the pension or dies.
To ensure that social security is not exploited, the law provides for sanctions whereby a fine of up to 5,000 SR ($ 1,330) or a prison sentence of up to three months or both must be imposed on every beneficiary who has a pension and did not use it on addicts family members.
A fine of not more than 10,000 SR or imprisonment for a period of not more than one year or both shall be imposed on anyone who has wrongfully received such amounts from the social security.

Dimah Talal Alsharif is a Saudi lawyer and legal consultant. Twitter: @dimah_alsharif

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