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Labour Law

Know more About The Recent Changes In UAE Labour Laws

To assist accommodate the present shifts in the global market and to help in recovering Dubai’s and the UAE’s as a whole, economies, the Ministry of Labour has issued numerous Ministerial Decrees, changing the UAE Labour Laws. The goal to these modifications is to tackle the free movement of expatriates in the region and to make sure that their rights are a lot more severely upheld.

One of the new modifications relates to the Wage Protection System that was established over the course of 2009-2010. In the event of non payment of salary all personnel of private sector companies have the right to call either the Ministry of Labour’s toll free number to anomalously lodge a complaint against their employer for unpaid salary or to report an online application with their labour card, direct to the Offices of Wage Protection. The Offices of Wage Protection will conduct an investigation into the establishment and why salaries have not been paid.

As from January 2011 all skilled and professional workers will be exempt from the requirement of getting a No Objection Certificate (“NOC”) from their employer to allow them to transfer their sponsorship and work permit. All skilled workers will be from January 2011 exempt from the six month labour prohibition. All other non-skilled workers would be required to complete 2 years of employment before they to would be able to also change employer freely, without the requirement of a NOC. These changes must exponentially increase the movement of the skilled work force but will still prohibit those without the required education certificates. The changes come in conjunction to changes in fees for work permits and the reduction in length for which a work permit would be valid from three years to two years.

The above should not be confused however, with the twelve month employment prohibition which will still have effective, irrelevant of length of service or a NOC. This ban is placed on employees who violate their employment contract, such as leave a fixed term contract during its term.

These changes are necessary to make sure that the labour market has the chance to spread their skills as required and to not reprimand employees who hope to move from companies whereby their treatment is far from perfect.

These changes are necessary to make sure that the labour market has the chance to spread their skills as required and to not reprimand employees who hope to move from companies whereby their treatment is far from perfect.

All personnel, of whatever, grade, standard or level ought to ensure that before contemplating entering into an employment contract or terminating an employment contract that they seek legal advice from a UAE Labour law specialist who could advise them of their contractual risks or legal entitlements under the UAE Labour Law.