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LEGAL ARTICLES

By Suneesh Sundar | October 8 , 2019 | 01

MoHRE launches many awareness campaigns to educate labourers about their rights. One of these campaigns was initiated under the slogan ‘Know your rights’. The campaign communicated the following messages to workers:

  • You are entitled to keep possession of all your personal identification documents once your residency permit is issued
  • If you are asked to sign a contract with terms and conditions which are different from MoHRE’s standard contracts, report immediately to the nearest labour office even if you are advised that the changes are of advantage to you, as contract substitution is illegal
  • If your employer fails to present you with a contract or provide you with work, MoHRE will assist you in finding alternative employment
  • If your employer fails to present you with a work contract within one week of your arrival, report to the nearest labour office
  • To avoid violating the law, do not accept other employment without first reporting to the Labour Office at MoHRE
  • UAE law requires your employer to pay the costs of the issuance of an entry visa and travel to the UAE, and the costs of post arrival processing requirements such as medical tests in the UAE and the issuance of your Residency Permit
  • Your contract must match your job offer and you should keep a copy of your signed contract
  • You have the right to leave your job at any time, but be aware of your contractual obligations
  • The termination of your contract can be ended by the employer or the employee and it can be by mutual consent
  • It is important for employees to follow the required legal steps for terminating a contract as the Labour Office can help recover any dues that are owed to the employee and arrange placement in alternative employment if eligible to obtain a new work permit

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