The Minister of Labour and Chairman of National Qualifications Authority (NQA), Saqr Ghobash said that starting from 2016 there will be three new labour rules officially in effect that will be consistent with the Constitution and International Labour Standard. The first rule will govern that all employment contracts concerning an employer’s foreign workers will contain all the details of the rights of both parties in the native language of the recruit. Employers will need to oblige with this new labour rule.
This rule applies to everyone being recruited from abroad and within the UAE and it specifies that when there is a new recruit from abroad, the employer must provide them with an offer letter that consist of all the jobs details mainly comprising of the rights and duties of both the employee and employer.
In order to ensure that the recruit understands the terms that are mentioned in the contract, the employer must prepare the contract that it offered in the native language of the employee. Major-General Obaid Muhari bin Suroor, Deputy Director-General of the Directorate General of Residency and Affairs in Dubai says that to avoid any misunderstandings amongst the employee and employer due to the employees inability to full comprehend the contract, it must be in the local language of the worker.
Work permits will only be issued once the employment contract is signed by both the parties. Once the employee and employer have signed the contract it can be officially registered with the Ministry as a legal contract. The registration will follow with the amendments that can be made only with the consent of both parties and with the official approval of the Ministry.
Saqr Ghobash has applied the new rule to over 300 ministry employees and legal scholars so that it can be reviewed by them so that they can then provide the Ministry of Labour with their feedback.