Intel Update

Intel Update: June 2024

Decree Intel is a database of original Omani legal research material that provides explanatory notesoverviews of government entities, and summaries of Supreme Court cases and MJLA Fatwas.

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Case Summary: Supreme Court (Labour Circuit) Contestation 427/2017 (Equal Treatment of Employees): An employee sued his employer for failing to pay him a cost-of-living allowance that his colleagues receive. The Supreme Court confirmed that it has the power to re-adjust the salary of an employee to match the salaries of other employees in the same organisation in accordance with article 11 of the Labour Law if the employees are working in the same circumstances, have the same qualifications, and agree to the same work conditions. However, the Supreme Court decided that the employee was unable to establish that the facts of his employment met the requirements of article 11 of the Labour Law, and therefore rejected his claims.

MJLA Fatwa 212743438 (Contract Succession between Government Entities): The Ministry of Justice and Legal Affairs (MJLA) deemed that the allocation of a government building to a government entity does not automatically make that government entity a party to a construction contract relating to that building when another government entity has been explicitly assigned the obligations relating to this contract by royal decree.

Ministry of Social Development: The Ministry of Social Development (وزارة التنمية الاجتماعية) is responsible for regulating social work, protecting vulnerable groups in society, such as children and the disabled, and regulating the establishment and operation of civil associations (NGOs) in Oman.

Consumer Protection Authority: Consumer Protection Authority (هيئة حماية المستهلك) is the entity responsible for safeguarding and raising awareness of consumer rights, as well as monitoring the pricing of goods and services in the market and ensuring their continuous availability.