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Kuwait Labor Law Overtime Stipulation:
Article 66: 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.
Consider also filing the case with colleagues under a class-action type suit.
How Much is It Going to Cost You?
Your initial consultation should be free. Get ready to drink some tea/coffee and make small talk. (And please- PR people! If you want to be remembered or have people do stuff for you - send your lawyer a little gift or whatever. Stand out and get results.)
Generally, a lawyer will take between 500 - 1000 KD for a civil labor suit of this nature and 10-15% of any settlement money. There are also filing fees with the court that you must pay (I believe approximately 130 KD for a civil suit).
You don't HAVE to be in the country to receive your settlement. As long as you have signed a power of attorney allowing your lawyer to act on your behalf, your settlement can be sent to you where ever in the world you are.
[Note this: Usually refers to criminal acts where the po-po pick you up for drinking or whatever. If a lawyer (or their associate) is EVER called out of the office, be sure that there is a fee involved (usually hourly rate); ASK before having them come out to (where ever) to help you.]
How long is it going to take?
It could take years and your court date may be set back several times based on whims. Be patient. It will happen. I've never heard of a labor case being lost by any employee who was trying to fight it. You might not get the maximum amount, but the case is generally won.