UAE unveils ‘Know your rights’ guide for workers

A manual informing private sector workers of their rights has been unveiled by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

Released on Friday, the guide explains in detail the important rules that must be followed in order to comply with UAE laws regarding the employment of foreign workers.

This includes information on whether to charge employees recruitment fees, pay for travel to and from the Emirates, and how to initiate and end an employment contract.

The guide is available in Arab, Bengali, Hindi, urdu and Chineseand can be downloaded from the ministry’s website.

The tips include a list of seven important points that every private sector worker should know.

These are:

1. The employer is prohibited from imposing recruitment and employment costs on the worker or from claiming them directly or indirectly.

2. The employee must sign their employment contract after arriving in the UAE.

3. They should also keep a copy of the job offer they signed.

4. The terms and conditions of an employment contract must correspond to those of the job offer that the employee has signed in his country.

5. The worker must contact the ministry immediately if the employer does not offer him the agreed employment opportunity or if he does not receive his full salary on time.

6. The worker must keep his identity documents in a safe place.

7. The worker has the right to leave his job at any time but must be fully aware of the legal obligations.

The guide also answers common questions such as what is required of a worker before coming to the UAE to work for an employer.

Additional information is given on what needs to happen once the worker has arrived in the Emirates. This includes:

1. The employer must provide the worker with an “employment contract” to sign upon arrival in the UAE.

2. The employer is responsible for completing residency visa procedures without charging the employee for it.

3. The employer will need the worker’s supporting documents to obtain a residence permit.

4. As soon as the residence visa is issued, the company must return the employee’s identity documents.

The department advises any worker to call them on the helpline number, 80060, if an employer fails to follow the rules set out in the guide.

In January, the ministry set up a platform to help ensure UAE employers provide suitable work accommodation for workers.

Access to the new platform is via the ministry’s homepage. The platform allows employers and landlords to add housing information and supporting documentation that confirms health and safety guidelines are being followed.

Updated: 04 March 2022, 12:47

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