Note that the stipulation of a work week in Kuwait is 48 hours in Kuwait. Anything over 48 hours is subject to overtime. The Kuwait Labor Law is very specific about how many hours of overtime an employee can work - and the reporting procedures that an employer must follow. Employees can not be forced to work overtime and they must be compensated.
Many seemingly innocent USG contractors working in Kuwait should be aware of this.... Many contractors have also written yearly salary increases (or COLA) into their contracts and perhapsee the employees aren't receiving them. Wouldn't that be fraud? Gee, I would think so if it was written into a contract and then the employees didn't receive it; instead the difference was being pocketed.... hmmmmm
I am guessing this is how several large defense contractors assumed they could get away with being the lowest bidder.
Now, if I were on a task force or audit team, I would first randomly (and without prior notification) ask contractor's employees how many hours they work and if they receive annual increases (perhaps saying something like lying is against the law... yada.) Then, I would ask to see a company's overtime and time & attendance logs. A random sampling should give you an indication of if the company is on the up and up or not.
Here we go, kids....
Subpart 22.1—Basic Labor Policies
“Normal workweek,” as used in this subpart, means, generally, a workweek of 40 hours. Outside the United States and its outlying areas, a workweek longer than 40 hours is considered normal if—
(1) The workweek does not exceed the norm for the area, as determined by local custom, tradition, or law; and
(2) The hours worked in excess of 40 in the workweek are not compensated at a premium rate of pay. "
"Kuwait Labor Law
Working hours and weekends
Without prejudice to the provisions of Article (21) of this Law, it is forbidden to allow workers to work for more than 48 hours per week or 8 hours a day, except in such events as are specified in this Law. Working hours during the month of Ramadan shall be equal to 36 hours per week.
a- Workers shall not be required to work for more than five consecutive hours a day without a break of a minimum of one hour that is not included in the working hours.
The Financial, commercial and investment sectors shall be excluded from this provision and the working hours shall be equal to eight consecutive hours.
Without prejudice to Articles (21) and (64) of this Law, the employer may, by means of a written order, have workers work overtime if the necessity arises for the purpose of preventing a dangerous accident, repairing damages arising from such accident, avoiding a loss or facing an unusual work load. The overtime work should not exceed two hours a day, a maximum of 180 hours a year, three days a week or 90 days a year. The worker shall have the right to prove by any means that the employer required him to perform additional works for an additional period of time. The worker shall also be entitled to a 25 percent increase over his original remuneration for the period of overtime.
This remuneration shall be in conformity with Article (56) of this Law. The employer shall keep a special record for overtime work showing the dates, number of hours worked and remunerations paid in consideration of the additional work assigned to the worker."