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01 October 2023

1,000 firms paid Dh1.5m labour card fines

By Wam

The UAE Ministry of Labour has announced that a thousand facilities have benefited from the Cabinet's grace period to settle labour card fines slapped on different practices, within the first two days of the settlement.

The decision was enforced from Sunday January 4, where facilities paid fine for 1,500 violations of labour cards with Dh1,000 for each.

Humaid bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, assistant-undersecretary for labour affairs, Ministry of Labour said, "Business owners who have paid fines within the grace period have saved over Dh17 million, as the total calculated fines value imposed on their practices before the deadline was Dh18.5 million. Within the first two days we have received the payment of Dh1.5 million."

He praised business owners for using time wisely to pay fines and thus resolve the status of the offences imposed on labour cards belonging to their workers.

Bin Deemas called on all employers to take advantage of the grace period and speed up the payments of those fines in the month of January and February latest, in order to avoid Dh500 fine per month on delay, stipulated by the decision following the deadline of the first two months’ notice period, which will be applied following (March 5) and increase by Dh500 monthly.

He advised the company owners to properly check the electronic labour permits conditions regularly through ‘e-Netwasal’ services by visiting the ministry's webpage (www.mol.gov.ae) or through the MoL’s latest mobile app which could be found in Apple store and Google Play in addition to the BlackBerry World in both Arabic and English. Through this service, employers can detect labourers employment conditions, pay fines if necessary or cancel work permits to those reported outside the country or report absent employees. The above can also be done by visiting (Tas’heel) service centres.