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Employee wages must be safeguarded, paid on time, says UAE labour ministry

Employers that have given employees early leave during the coronavirus pandemic must expedite documentation that shows consent

Employee wages must be safeguarded, paid on time, says UAE labour ministry

Private-sector employers must commit to sure employee wages are safeguarded and paid on time via the wages protection system, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE).

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Ministry said that employers are obliged to adhere to a 2016 ministerial decree concerning the protection of wages and employment contracts.

The Ministry statement said that employers that have given employees ‘early leave’ during the Covid-19 pandemic must expedite documentation that shows consent with a supplementary annex to the employment contract.

The form is available for employees through the Ministry’s app and website.

The early leave initiative was launched by the Ministry earlier in April after repeated requests from expat employees working in the UAE’s private sector who wish to return to their countries.

Additionally, the Ministry advised employers that they must immediately update systems on any changes to employment contracts agreed by both parties, including the temporary and permanent reduction of wages.

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