New UAE contract for housemaids, home help

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has amended the domestic helpers’ contract form, which will be effective Sunday [June 1].

The Naturalization, Residency and Ports Sector at the MoI finished preparing the new and amended domestic helpers contract form after four years of implementation.

Major-General Khalifa Hareb Al Khaili, Acting Assistant Undersecretary of the Ministry of the Interior for Naturalization, Residency and Ports Affairs, said, “The new contract shall enter into force once ratified as of June 1, 2014, without the need for any procedures or ratifications by other authorities. It will be available for all via the electronic services system (E-service).”

“The new contract takes into account the different changes and aims to regulate relations between domestic workers and their employers. It is also the only reference adopted in determining the obligations of both parties to the contract, based on the provisions of the law,” said Maj-Gen Al Khaili.

Ratifying the new contract form falls within the jurisdiction of the Residency and Foreigners Affairs Departments, he added.

Maj-Gen Al Khaili said the contract form was amended and updated following assessment of the contract’s implementation phase during the past period.

He stressed that the updated version of the contract represents one of the many measures that the Ministry of Interior is reviewing, with a view to addressing the issues witnessed during the past period of implementation regarding domestic helpers. “This regulatory action fulfills the Ministry of Interior’s strategic goals and vision 2014-2016,” said Maj-Gen Al Khaili.

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