Monday, June 29, 2015

Legal Updates - June 29, 2015

Ministerial Decision 107 of 2015 issued on 6/5/2015 to continue temporarily ceasing recruitment of non-Omanis in some professions

The Ministry of Manpower has issued Ministerial Decision 107 of 2015 (“MD 107/2015”) which temporarily ceases recruitment of non-Omanis in the private sector. This decision which was effective from 1 May 2015 will last for the period of six months within which period non-Omanis will not be issued visas to work in the following professions: sales person/sales promoter and purchasing agents. The decision, however, is not applicable to certain establishments which include those:


Monday, June 22, 2015

Law in Practice: Seven Core Principles for a Healthy Attorney/Client Relationship

It is often said that resolving disputes through arbitration can permit flexibility, innovation and cost/time saving. This is more likely when a client and legal counsel give thought and effort to develop early and effective case management. Efficiency in time and cost is best achieved when both a client and their legal advisors have a clear strategy, and work towards it together.

The 2012 International Chamber of Commerce (the “2012 ICC”) rules were held out as a gold standard in assisting parties to more effectively manage their arbitral proceedings. This article looks at options that parties and their legal advisors should consider at the preliminary stages, and revisit during the arbitration process.


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

MOCI's New Procedure on Company Formation

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) signed an Agreement on 7 December 2013 with Nortal Gulf Company from Estonia to develop the One Stop Shop (OSS). The venture known as the “Business and Technology Transformation Project” is implemented by the MOCI to take a further step in the development of the e-Government and to support the e-Transformation plan.


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Omanisation Compliance for Small and Medium Enterprises

The Government of Sultanate of Oman has recently showcased an increasing interest in the development and support of Small and Medium Enterprises (“SME”). The Ministry of Manpower has issued Ministerial Decision 103 of 2015 which clearly exempts SME from the set Omanisation percentage (“MD 103/2015”).


Monday, June 8, 2015

Employment of Part Time Workers

Ministerial Decision 102 of 2015 Regulating Part Time Work (the “Regulation”) governs the employment of part time workers in Oman and has repealed Ministerial Decision 520 of 2013 governing part time work (the “Old Regulation”). A “part time” worker by definition is a “worker whose regular working hours or days are less than the working hours and days” as stipulated by the Labour Law in accordance with Royal Decree 35 of 2003 (as amended). This article briefly sets out the provisions provided for under the Regulation and highlights the changes from the Old Regulation.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Legal Updates - June 2, 2015

Ratifying the Arab Convention on Combating Information Technology Offences

Royal Decree 5 of 2015, published in the Official Gazette on 8 March 2015 (the “Ratification”), ratifies the Arab Convention on Combating Information Technology Offences signed by the Sultanate of Oman on 15 February 2012 (the “Convention”). Such Convention shall be effective thirty days from the date of ratification, approval or adoption documents by seven Arab states who have signed up to the Convention, (hereinafter referred to as “States” or as “State” in the singular). Currently, of the 22 countries to have signed the Convention, only the United Arab Emirates and the Sultanate of Oman have ratified.