Video: UAE's labour law explained

Tue 05 Feb 2019 11:29 AM GST
Arabian Business' Shruthi Nair explains some important provisions of the UAE Labour Law. According to the Annual Economic Report 2017, the total labour force in the UAE in 2016 was 6,330,540.

But how many of the 6 million odd employees are aware of their rights and the nation’s labour law?

UAE Labour Law identifies the normal working hours for the private sector as 8 hours per day or 48 hours per week.

The working hours may be increased to 9 hours a day for businesses, hotels and cafes after approval from MoHRE.

It is different for government entities though. Since they are not governed by the Labour Law, they operate for 7 hours daily.

During Ramadan, working hours are reduced by 2 hours daily. Friday is the official weekend for all workers, except for daily wage workers.

However, if you end up working on a Friday, then don’t forget to claim for a regular working hours' pay plus 50% of that amount, because it is your right.

And during an average year you will get these many public holiday. Pause the screen and take a mental or actual screenshot of these days.

Then there’s the sick leave of 90 days – of which 15 days is full pay, 30 days half pay, and the next 45 days no pay.

First off, let me explain what it is.

The Wage Protection System is a system that introduced to protect the rights of workers, and to establish trust between organisations and their employees. Under this system, salaries of employees will be transferred to their accounts in banks or financial institutions, which are authorised by Central Bank of the UAE to provide the service. If this fails to happen, employees can contact the MoHRE or lodge a complaint through eNetwasal.

If the company fails to pay wages for 60 days from the due date, then administrative fines will follow, and I’m talking fines of up to AED 5000 per worker, in addition to punitive measures such as a complete strike against the other companies owned by the same employer, plus prohibiting the employer the ability of registering any new companies.

Basically, all the bosses better pay their employees on time.

(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)