The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has implemented a number of initiatives to protect the rights of workers
The UAE’s labour laws serve to protect both workers and employers, according to Hassan Al Hamadi, the director of prosecutions at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
“The labour laws strike a balanced worker-employer relationship and regulate it in a way that protects rights of all parties involved,” the Khaleej Times quoted Al Hamadi as saying during a media briefing on Wednesday.
Federal Law No. 10 of 2017 regulates working hours, paid sick leave and a day off each week for 19 different service occupations, including domestic workers, gardeners and guards.
The law stipulates that employers and recruiters who fail to abide by the labour laws or discriminate against their workers can be fined as much as AED 100,000.
“The UAE labour law is a comprehensive one. It spells out details of all workers’ rights, employee records, safety standards, termination of employment and end of service gratuity payments and others,” Al Hamadi added.
Additionally, he noted that the law includes penalties against recruitment agencies who fail to provide an accurate job description or ensure that workers are healthy before bringing them into the UAE.
The Abu Dhabi Judicial Department has introduced a number of initiatives designed to help workers, including a one-day labour court and a mobile court that deals with disputes between workers and employers, as well as an online system that can help employees calculate end of service gratuities.