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30 November 2023

Employer fined Dh300,000 for illegal hiring

The child handed over the envelope to Buhaira police station. (Magdy Iskandar))

By Staff

The UAE’s top court upheld a lower court ruling to fine an employer Dh300,000 after he was caught hiring workers whose visas have expired in violation of the country’s labour and immigrant laws, a local newspaper reported on Thursday.

A court of first instance in Umm Al Quwain had sentenced the six expatriate workers to one month in prison for offending labour and immigration laws and ordered their deportation from the UAE, according to Dubai-based Emarat Alyoum daily.

It also fined the employer a total Dh300,000, including Dh50,000 for not employing each worker in line with existing laws governing the recruitment of foreigners.  The court also ordered the deportation of the expatriate employer.

An appeals court abolished the deportation sentence against the employer but maintained the Dh300,000 fine, prompting him to appeal with the Federal Supreme Court, which upheld the Dh300,000-fine verdict.