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SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT - EMPLOYMENT

UAE enshrines free will of mutual parties to continue or terminate employment contracts

Posted on 13/06/2017

GENEVA: The UAE has confirmed a policy to enshrine the free will of mutual parties within their contractual working relationships, to continue or terminate labour contracts. This was stated by Humaid bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Work Affairs at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, during the meetings of a committee to address the challenges of good governance in a changing labour migration environment, as part of the 106th International Labour Conference ...  >>MORE

Ministry helps10,500 workers get back their dues

Posted on 16/10/2016

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has helped recover financial dues owed to 10,500 workers, which is 2.6 percent of the total 409,000 workers, visited by General Inspectors since the beginning of the year until September. The teams visited 598 establishments, 740 labour accommodations and 870 worksites across the UAE. Maher Al-Obed, Assistant Under-Secretary for Inspection Affairs, said, that the general inspectors comprising 12 teams, unearthed a variety of violations within ...  >>MORE

Musanada to organise awareness workshops for employees and partners

Posted on 15/08/2016

Abu Dhabi General Service Company (Musanada) is organising workshops for its employees and partners across the operations and functions involved in all of its projects. These workshops will address the implementation of effective management of Health, Safety, and the Environment (HSE) risks, raising awareness among various teams of the legal and contractual obligations relevant to them, as part of the continuous efforts made by the company to prevent its employees, contractors, stakeholders ...  >>MORE

Sharjah campaign gifts summer jackets to workers

Posted on 29/07/2016

The Sharjah Labour Standards Development Authority launched an awareness campaign titled ‘We Care for Your Comfort' to enlighten workers about their rights on Tuesday. With the aim of providing a healthy work environment and protection of labourers' rights, the authority highlighted the ban on work from 12.30pm to 3pm during the summer months. As part of the campaign, jackets that could help keep the body cool and reduce sun exposure in the hot summer weather were distributed among workers. ...  >>MORE

New Ministerial Decree to assure punctual payment of wages

Posted on 27/07/2016

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has launched a new Decree to ensure employees' wages are fully paid within a period not exceeding 10 days from the due date as registered in the WPS, wage protection system, the Decree will come into force in October, 2016. Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said that companies employing over 100 workers must pay wages within a period not exceeding 10 days. If they fail, the ministry will stop ...  >>MORE

Low-income workers welcome new accommodation Decree

Posted on 19/07/2016

Labourers paid less than AED2,000 per month will enjoy free accommodation offered by the employers says the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, However, the Decree only applies to establishments hiring over 50 workers. According to a statement issued by Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, the Decree will come into force this coming December. The Decree confirms that labour accommodations with less than five hundred tenants must meet general criteria and ...  >>MORE

Employment of Emirati health and safety officers mandatory in construction sector starting 2017: MHRE

Posted on 17/07/2016

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced that all construction facilities with a 500 plus workforce must appoint at least one local occupational health and safety officer from 2017. Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation explained, "We will stop granting facilities with over 500 workers any further work permits, if they don't hire at least one local occupational health and safety officer." "The decision came following a strategic ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation reports 99.8 per cent compliance for midday break

Posted on 16/07/2016

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has registered 99.8 per cent level of compliance for the midday break by 29,185 firms since the implementation date till mid-July, while 47 firms violated the laws. Maher Al-Obed, Assistant Undersecretary for Inspectional Affairs, said the records were gathered across the UAE by 18 teams of well-trained inspectors, pointing out that 29,232 inspectional visits were carried out during the past month, and 16,651 informative visits took place ...  >>MORE

Workers in Dubai attend awareness educational programme

Posted on 14/07/2016

Dubai workers training course on labours' rights, dues, occupational health and safety has started, and so far 509 workers have attended the awareness educational programme. The workers received approved certificates from Major General Obaid Muhair bin Surour, Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs in Dubai, PCLA. Major General bin Surour, who is also the Deputy Director General of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs, GDRFA-Dubai, said the training ...  >>MORE

80,000 inspection visits to be carried out across UAE

Posted on 14/06/2016

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation begins on Wednesday June 15th banning any sort of work under direct sunlight between 12:30 till 15:00, the midday break shall commence till the 15th of September. Maher Al Obed, Assistant Undersecretary for Inspectional Affairs, said, "18 teams from the ministry will monitor the level of compliance throughout the decided period. Three teams are formed in Abu Dhabi, two in Al Ain, four teams in Dubai, two in Sharjah, two in Ajman, two teams in ...  >>MORE

Decent work, workers' well-being constitute pillar for sustainable development in UAE: Official

Posted on 12/06/2016

GENEVA: Acting Undersecretary at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Humaid Rashid bin Demas, said decent work and protecting workers' well-being constitute a pillar for sustainable development in the UAE. He was speaking at a ministerial meeting of the Asia and the Pacific group of countries, held by the International Labour Organisation as part of the 105th Session of the International Labour Conference, from 30th May-10th June to discuss the topic of building a future with ...  >>MORE

UAE minister, ILO director discuss cooperation

Posted on 04/06/2016

GENEVA: UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, and Director-General of the International Labour Organisation, Guy Ryder, on Thursday met to discuss issues on the agenda of the 105th Session of the International Labour Conference, which began on 30th May. The parties discussed the UAE's new labour laws, which took effect on 1st January and include standard labour contracts. They also discussed cooperation between the UAE and the ILO in technical ...  >>MORE

Ghobash tours UN Palais des Nations hall after renovation with donation from the UAE

Posted on 01/06/2016

GENEVA: Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, has toured Hall No. 17 of the United Nations Palais des Nations, which has been renovated and modernised with a donation from the UAE. The UAE Minister was accompanied by Obaid Salem Saeed Al Za'abi, UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office in Geneva. This came on the sidelines of the UAE's participation in the activities of the 105th Session of the International Labour Conference, ...  >>MORE

UAE committed to protecting workers' rights: Minister of Labour

Posted on 31/05/2016

GENEVA: The UAE's commitment to protecting labour rights is in implementation of national laws and ethical values and obligations towards workers the country is hosting and through decent work and living conditions that preserve their dignity under temporary contractual work relationship based on mutual consent and transparency, according to Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, UAE Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation. 'Towards this end, the ministry is implementing a package of policies, ...  >>MORE

UAE, ILO implement Innovations in Labour Market Governance programme

Posted on 24/05/2016

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has announced the initiation of programme to support and develop the labour market governance mechanisms under the technical cooperation between the ministry and the International Labour Organisation (ILO). This came at a ceremony held today at the Dusit Thani Hotel in Abu Dhabi to announce the launch of "Innovations in Labour Market Governance" programme, in the presence of Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation and Dr. ...  >>MORE

Midday break in UAE to begin on June 15

Posted on 19/05/2016

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has reinitiated the Midday Break decree for the 12th consecutive year, preventing any sort of duty or work under direct sunlight between 12:30pm - 15:00pm for three months, starting from June 15 to September 16, 2016. Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Cabinet Member, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said that the decree is based on general safety and health procedures based on international standards, which the UAE adopts to prevent ...  >>MORE

UAE registers highest employment rate in April: Monster Index

Posted on 17/05/2016

The UAE exhibited the most positive employment growth among its neighbouring countries in April 2016, with hiring activity growing at 18 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sanjay Modi, Managing Director, Monster.com (India, Middle- East, South East Asia and Hong Kong), said, looking at the UAE market specifically, certain sectors are still hiring robustly at a time the employment index dropped in the Middle East. He said that the healthcare industry is the biggest generator of ...  >>MORE

UAE to host Abu Dhabi Dialogue meetings

Posted on 10/05/2016

The UAE will host meetings of senior officials of Abu Dhabi Dialogue for labour-sending and labour-receiving countries on 11th and 12th May in Dubai. Dr. Omar Al Nuaimi, Assistant Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation for Policy and strategy, said representatives of 17 member states in the Abu Dhabi Dialogue will gather in Dubai on next Wednesday and Thursday to discuss bilateral and multi-lateral co-operation between governments of Countries of origin (COOs) and ...  >>MORE

Saqr Ghobash, Australian envoy discuss cooperation

Posted on 07/05/2016

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation has discussed with Arthur Milton Spiro, Australian Ambassador to the UAE, ways to strengthen cooperation in the areas of labour between the two friendly countries. During the meeting held at the ministry, Ghobash and Spiro stressed the depth of relations and interest of both parties to bolster them, especially through the exchange of expertise and experience to serve the labour markets and workforce in both countries. The UAE ...  >>MORE

ADM celebrates International Workers' Day in Mohamed bin Zayed City Park

Posted on 05/05/2016

The Abu Dhabi City Municipality, ADM, has organised an event marking International Workers' Day at Mohamed bin Zayed City Park in collaboration with the Community Services Division and the Technical Division at Mussaffah Municipal Centre. The event featured the participation of Asa'ad Al Sha'ab Volunteer Team, an affiliate of the Women's Union in Sharjah, and the Hifz Al Ni'maa (Conserving Bounties) Project at Emirates Red Crescent. A statement from ADM said that the festivities epitomise the ...  >>MORE

10, 000 workers observe International Workers' Day in 7 locations in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 01/05/2016

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, has stressed that the ministry's celebration of the International Workers' Day, which falls on 1st of May each year, is a recognition of the role that labourers played in the comprehensive development being experienced by the UAE, led by its wise leadership. He added that observing this event boosts the workers' status in the society, and further sheds light on their rights, which are protected by the ...  >>MORE

Workers sign job offers and obtain visas abroad via Foreign Affairs service centres, soon

Posted on 24/04/2016

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (MOFAIC) together with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) have started taking necessary arrangements enabling workers to sign job offers back home through Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation service centres to issue entry work visas. This came following a presentation Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, came across to review mechanisms of the offshore service centres in ...  >>MORE

Free eye tests for construction workers

Posted on 15/04/2016

Almost 100 construction workers received free eye checks as part of an initiative conducted by the Permanent Committee for Labour Affairs in Dubai (PCLA-Dubai) in collaboration with Noor Dubai Foundation. As many as 57 workers found that they have eye problems and need to wear glasses, which the PCLA will provide. Maj Gen Obaid Muhair Bin Surour, deputy director of the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai and chairman of the PCLA, said the PCLA and Noor Dubai ...  >>MORE

Ghobash launches second phase of ‘Know Your Rights’ campaign at ICAD labour camp

Posted on 07/04/2016

Saqr bin Ghubash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, today launched the second phase of the "Know Your Rights" campaign before 400 workers at the ICAD labour camp in Abu Dhabi. This follows the first phase of the campaign, which was launched at the Dubai International Airports on 18 February. He said, "The campaign aims to educate many workers either residing or arriving to the UAE. Through this campaign, we will benefit thousands of workers especially after ...  >>MORE

UAE continues to protect workers' rights through effective policies

Posted on 27/03/2016

Humaid bin Demas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs at the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, on Friday stressed that the UAE continues to protect workers' rights through effective policies and promote transparency in the employer/worker contractual relationship. He was speaking at the meeting of the board of directors of the International Labour Organisation in Geneva. The official demanded the ILO adopt practices and initiatives that reflect the partnerships ...  >>MORE

UAE, Mauritius sign Memorandum of Understanding

Posted on 29/02/2016

The UAE, represented by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, and the Republic of Mauritius, represented by the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the areas of labour and manpower. Following the signing at the office of the ministry in Dubai, Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said that the signing of the MoU comes within ...  >>MORE

Ghobash launches campaign to educate arriving workers about their legal rights

Posted on 19/02/2016

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, yesterday launched a campaign under the slogan (Know your rights) to educate workers about their rights, upon arrival through Dubai airports. "This campaign comes in the framework of the ministry's keenness to raise awareness among foreign workers that enter the labour market for the first time especially when it comes to implementing the newly adapted decrees, which refer to labour contracts approved by the ministry, cases of ...  >>MORE

Saqr Ghobash reviews co-operation opportunities with International Labour Organisation official

Posted on 16/02/2016

Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, has met with Dr. Ruba Jaradat, Assistant Director-General and Regional Director for Arab States of the International Labour Organisation, ILO, to promote co-operation between the UAE and the organisation. During the meeting, which was held yesterday at the Ministry in Abu Dhabi, the two sides discussed their keenness to develop bilateral technical co-operation in many areas, including strengthening inspection ...  >>MORE

TDIC releases fourth annual independent monitoring report on employment practices policy by PricewaterhouseCoopers

Posted on 03/02/2016

ABU DHABI, 2nd February, 2016 (WAM) -- The Tourism Development and Investment Company, TDIC, has announced the publication of the fourth annual independent monitoring report on employment practices within TDIC projects on Saadiyat undertaken by the independent monitoring organisation PricewaterhouseCoopers, PwC. PwC's report, including interviews with 880 randomly selected workers (16% of the monthly worker population on Saadiyat) examines contractor and subcontractor compliance with TDIC's ...  >>MORE

MoL issues over 233,000 labour contracts in January, 75% are non-fixed term

Posted on 03/02/2016

The Ministry of Labour has reviewed over 250,000 job offers presented by private sector firms since the beginning of this year, and has issued 233,000 labour contracts, of which 75 percent are of non-fixed term. Humaid bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Labour Affairs, said, "The number of job offers printed during the last month confirms the clarity and ease of a working relationship between employers and workers in accordance with the newly launched Decrees, which aims to ...  >>MORE

MoL wins best government website award at Summit International Awards

Posted on 02/02/2016

The Ministry of Labour webpage has recently won the 'Leader Award' in the government websites category, ranking first amongst 1,300 other pages from 11 countries worldwide, after competing at the Summit International Awards. Speaking about the achievement, Ahmed Al Nasser, Director of Information Technology Department at the Ministry, and head of the website development team, said, "This achievement reflects the ministry's excellence in the provision of services, especially since the website ...  >>MORE

Labour Ministry urges employers to keep original copy of the signed job offers

Posted on 28/01/2016

The Ministry of Labour has called upon employers to keep all original job offers signed by both parties in order to present them as clear evidence to competent authorities when workers try to deny signatures or thumbprints. The ministry praised the great interaction shown by many of the facilities with the newly launched decisions that have been applied since the beginning of this year as per the directives of Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, with regards to unifying labour contracts, ...  >>MORE

Labour Ministry settles Dh42.3 million bank guarantees to repay 13,616 workers over 6 years

Posted on 20/01/2016

The Ministry of Labour has announced that it has settled about Dh42.3 million from bank guarantees of 43 companies to repay dues to 13,616 workers since 2010. Maher Al Obed, Assistant Under-Secretary for Inspectional Affairs, said, "The Ministry looked to the guarantees due to the lack of commitment by many companies in paying workers' wages for more than two months, after approaching the business owners who agreed to use the bank guarantees which they had handed the ministry before recruiting ...  >>MORE

Ghobash meets with Philippines' Vice President

Posted on 16/01/2016

Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour, has met with visiting Philippines' Vice President, Jejomar Binay, at the Ministry in Abu Dhabi. During the meeting, Ghobash reviewed new labour policies which have come into force in 2016. The policies were represented in three resolutions that dealt with the approved models of working contracts by the Ministry of Labour, cases of terminating employment, and granting new working permission in case of moving from one facility to another after ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Labour says standardised new contracts effective from 1 January 2016

Posted on 31/12/2015

Starting 1st January 2016, the UAE will implement the new labour contract that standardises employment terms, the Ministry of Labour said yesterday. Under new labour contract rules, residents of the UAE cannot renew their work permits nor will they be issued new permits if an employer fails to provide a signed unified contract starting 2016. The ministry will approve requests by workers to move to another employer only if they met the terms and conditions of the contracts they are party to, ...  >>MORE

MoL will refuse to grant work permits without signed unified contracts starting 2016

Posted on 30/12/2015

The Ministry of Labour has announced that it will not be issuing new work permits to overseas workers or renew the current resident's permits if an employer fails to provide a signed unified contract starting 2016. Humaid bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Labour Affairs, said, "The new measures implement three new decrees issued by Saqr bin Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Labour, recently with regards to regulating the labour market, starting by unifying a contracts model ...  >>MORE

UAE to revoke 6-month labour ban from Jan

Posted on 28/12/2015

The New Year will herald a ban-free labour sector in the country, much to the relief of millions of expatriates. The Ministry of Labour said that beginning January 2016, it will revoke the six months ban rule, if employee and employer opt for mutual termination of work permit. The new rule is part of the new resolutions issued by Labour Minister Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash in September. Humaid Rashid bin Dimas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary at Ministry of Labour, said that under the new ...  >>MORE

Labour minister confirms new decrees meet constitution and international standards

Posted on 20/12/2015

Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, said "The three new decrees, to start beginning of next year, meet wise leadership guidance are consistent with the Constitution and labour market requirements, they also promote the transition to the knowledge based economy as well as compatibility with international labour standards." Ghobash confirmed that the stability the "Labour market is a reflection of the stability of the working relationship between both parties, something which is expected to be ...  >>MORE

Labour Ministry launches Apps Store for smartphone

Posted on 19/12/2015

The Ministry of Labour, MoL, has begun official operation of the newly adapted MoL Store for smartphone, which includes a bundle of innovative applications designed to provide smart services to the ministry's customers, employees and government agencies. Saif Al Suwaidi, Assistant Under-Secretary for Institutional and Supporting Services, said that the launch of the store comes out ministry' s keenness to create innovative interactive channels to meet customer demands and complete swiftly in a ...  >>MORE

Smart device to educate workers about rights

Posted on 24/11/2015

A new smart device - interestingly called "Sunday the 22nd" - will help raise the awareness of labourers about their rights and duties. The Ministry of Labour launched the device in Dubai on Sunday as part of the ongoing Innovation Week. Maher Al Obed, assistant undersecretary for inspection affairs, explained that the device has Internet access, a touch screen, internal speakers and a printer. "The device was assembled by the ministry's guidance department to ... educate as many labourers as ...  >>MORE

Ministry of Labour: Dh10,000 fine and blacklist for companies not reporting occupational injuries

Posted on 12/11/2015

The Ministry of Labour has urged private sector companies to implement occupational safety and health standards while on duty and report workers occupational injuries without any delay. Maher Al Obed, Assistant Under-Secretary for Inspectional Affairs, said, "The ministry's keenness to provide a safe working environment for workers comes as support to avoid occupational injuries, and through the application of innovative standards for occupational safety and health in addition to taking the ...  >>MORE

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UAE enshrines free will of mutual parties to continue or terminate employment contracts


Ministry helps10,500 workers get back their dues


Musanada to organise awareness workshops for employees and partners


Sharjah campaign gifts summer jackets to workers


New Ministerial Decree to assure punctual payment of wages


Low-income workers welcome new accommodation Decree


Employment of Emirati health and safety officers mandatory in construction sector starting 2017: MHRE


Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation reports 99.8 per cent compliance for midday break


Workers in Dubai attend awareness educational programme


80,000 inspection visits to be carried out across UAE


Decent work, workers' well-being constitute pillar for sustainable development in UAE: Official


UAE minister, ILO director discuss cooperation


Ghobash tours UN Palais des Nations hall after renovation with donation from the UAE


UAE committed to protecting workers' rights: Minister of Labour


UAE, ILO implement Innovations in Labour Market Governance programme


Midday break in UAE to begin on June 15


UAE registers highest employment rate in April: Monster Index


UAE to host Abu Dhabi Dialogue meetings


Saqr Ghobash, Australian envoy discuss cooperation


ADM celebrates International Workers' Day in Mohamed bin Zayed City Park


10, 000 workers observe International Workers' Day in 7 locations in Abu Dhabi


Workers sign job offers and obtain visas abroad via Foreign Affairs service centres, soon


Free eye tests for construction workers


Ghobash launches second phase of ‘Know Your Rights’ campaign at ICAD labour camp


UAE continues to protect workers' rights through effective policies


UAE, Mauritius sign Memorandum of Understanding


Ghobash launches campaign to educate arriving workers about their legal rights


Saqr Ghobash reviews co-operation opportunities with International Labour Organisation official


TDIC releases fourth annual independent monitoring report on employment practices policy by PricewaterhouseCoopers


MoL issues over 233,000 labour contracts in January, 75% are non-fixed term


MoL wins best government website award at Summit International Awards


Labour Ministry urges employers to keep original copy of the signed job offers


Labour Ministry settles Dh42.3 million bank guarantees to repay 13,616 workers over 6 years


Ghobash meets with Philippines' Vice President


Ministry of Labour says standardised new contracts effective from 1 January 2016


MoL will refuse to grant work permits without signed unified contracts starting 2016


UAE to revoke 6-month labour ban from Jan


Labour minister confirms new decrees meet constitution and international standards


Labour Ministry launches Apps Store for smartphone


Smart device to educate workers about rights


Ministry of Labour: Dh10,000 fine and blacklist for companies not reporting occupational injuries