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05 March 2024

Emirati representative must for large companies

By Mohammed Al Sadafy

Tightening the implementation of emiratisation in private companies in the country, the Ministry of Labour has clarified that it will not deal with large companies that don’t have UAE nationals as their representatives.

The ministry would also ensure that the Emirati representative is genuine, and not employed to meet the requirements, Humaid bin Deemas, executive secretary of the ministry said at the ministry’s weekly open house in Dubai on Thursday.

The issue was raised when he refused to entertain the director of human resources of a company with 540 workers on its rolls. As per the rule, any company with more than 100 workers must have an Emirati representative.

The company was given another date for the meeting in order to send a UAE national as its representative, Deemas said.

Any attempt to present an Emirati, who is not on the company’s rolls, would attract 100 black points and penalty of Dh20,000.

Similar action will also apply to companies that indulge in human trafficking or employing illegals.

Companies that do not follow the Wage Protection System to transfer workers’ salaries, as instructed by the ministry, would also be dealt with seriously, he added.

Insisting that companies that do not issue labour cards for workers will be fined, the ministry on Thursday slapped a fine of Dh1,000 on a violator.

The official said there would be no let in penalising companies that fail to follow the requirement since the grace period allowed ended on December 31, 2010.

Fines of Dh1,000 for each month of non-renewal is now being applied for each month that passes.