Ambassador Patrick Theros on Qatar’s Labor Reforms

On Friday, September 7th, 2018, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar (1995-98) Patrick Theros, appeared on the John Fredericks Show to discuss Qatar’s progress in changing labor laws to protect workers and recent reforms to the exit visa and permanent residency rules.


Overview of Qatar’s labor law reforms:

Abolish employer control over employee’s exit visas

Established permanent residency visas for foreign workers

Standardized minimum wage

Government enforcement of contractual salary obligations between employer and employee

Fair arbitration between employee and employer in labor disputes

Guaranteed overtime pay and limits on hours worked per week




Interview with Amb. Patrick Theros

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