UAE workers warned: Trial work for non-sponsor grounds for arrest

Job contract not needed to prove violation of sponsorship law: Supreme Court

Any employee can be arrested for working for a person or company other than his sponsor even if he was employed for a short time or on trial basis, according to a verdict of the Federal Supreme Court. 

The employee will be considered to have violated labour laws even if there is no employment contract or agreement on wages with non-sponsor employer, the court ruled. 

This new legal principle was laid down by the Federal Supreme Court while considering an appeal by the public prosecution against a verdict of the Court of First Instance acquitting an employee and his non-sponsor employer. 

The Court of First Instance’s verdict was based on the fact that the employee was working for the other person on trial basis which is not considered a contractual relationship. 

The prosecution then appealed before the Court of Appeal which upheld the earlier ruling. 

Once again, the prosecution appealed before the Federal Supreme Court which laid down the new principle. It ruled that an employment contract is not required to prove violation of the labour laws by the employee and the non-sponsor employer.