Sunday, 3rd January 2016 will be marked as a historical day for UAE as it will step into a new era of ban-free labour market. The new labour rules which allow foreign workers to switch jobs without having to leave the country, will be enforced from today onwards.
The new rules issued by the Ministry of Labour also force employers to send the job contract to their employees in their home country to see the job details before signing it and deciding whether to accept the work or not.
Guarantee the rights of expatriate workers
The ministry said the rules are intended to guarantee the rights of expatriate workers and their employers, curtail labour disputes and maintain discipline in the job market, one of the largest in the Arab world.
The new process
Under the new law, employers in the UAE must submit a draft two-year job contract to the Ministry of Labour and that it must contain all job details.
Employers must also “electronically sign” the contract before sending it to the worker abroad to check it before signing it and accepting the offer.
The new terms, which the ministry said would ensure all rights of foreign workers, also stipulate that employers must then submit the job contract signed by him and the employee to the ministry to obtain a work permit.
“The employer must then pursue procedures for authenticating the job contract which must be signed by both the employer and the worker within 14 days from the worker’s entry into the UAE,” the ministry said.
Switch jobs with mutual agreements
Another landmark decision allows both parties to mutually end the job contract and the worker to switch to another job with a new employer in the UAE without having to leave. A third decision allows foreign workers to travel back home and obtain a new job contract with another UAE sponsor a year after departure.
Other measures enforced by the ministry cover expired work contracts and the need for the expatriate worker to sign a renewed contract.
“This will allow workers to express their will in extending the contract with all its terms and conditions or modifying those terms in line with a mutual agreement between the worker and the employer,” the ministry said.