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UAE e-labour cards: Dh1k fine for each month's delay


The Ministry of Labour has announced that it will stop use of old plastic labour cards and paper contracts starting from July 13 and will bring in new electronic work permits and contracts in lieu of the old ones.

It will replace the traditional plastic cards and paper contracts to implement the decision issued by the Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour, the ministry said in a release.

The move came as a step towards e-transformation in their provided services, which is part of commitment towards the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to provide high-quality services to customers, meet their desires and achieve their satisfaction.

The ministry stated that the employers can apply for electronic labour cards and contracts through Tas’heel service centres across the UAE or within their companies only if they were registered under Tas’heel.

Moreover they should apply for these electronic services within 60 days from the workers entry to the UAE, where the ministry will grant the applicant a preliminary approval after meeting the conditions and then issue their permits electronically, their data will be sent to General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs to complete their residency procedures.

The Labour Ministry has urged all companies to apply for electronic employment contracts during the prescribed period of 60 days, in order to avoid a fine of Dh1000 for each month of delay.

The ministry said that it will stop issuing any new work permits to uncommitted companies until they apply for the new electronic Labour cards and employment contracts if they’re required to, or provide rational justifications for not issuing them on time.

Employers and workers can check their work permit and contract through ‘e-netwasal’ service, which is available within the ministry’s webpage (www.mol.gov.ae) after signing up for free, employees can benefit from the services, as well as employers through checking several reports about their companies.

Emirates Identity cards will be recognised as the official identification documents, especially by the inspectors of the ministry, as the ID card will not be issued to workers who do not have work permits by the Ministry of Labour. Employers must handout ID cards to their owners to be ready when questioned by Labour ministry inspectors, it concluded. Wam