UAE imposes up to 200,000 AED fine for violating domestic workers

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has issued a stern warning to private sector establishments and employers regarding the employment of individuals without valid work permits approved by the Ministry, regardless of whether it is for trial employment or as auxiliary workers.

It emphasized that the practice of employing workers with violations solely for probationary purposes to adjust their status is not permissible. Any misuse of work permits for auxiliary workers will result in fines ranging from AED 50,000 to AED 200,000, as stipulated by the Ministry.

According to the Ministry's latest communication in the "Human Resources" magazine, individuals holding work permits from them are subject to legal regulations. Employers found hiring individuals without proper permits will face legal consequences, as it constitutes a breach of labor regulations.

The Ministry underscored its commitment to conducting joint periodic campaigns in collaboration with other relevant authorities to monitor violators across the country. Swift administrative penalties, including file blocking and refusal to grant new permits, are imposed on employers found employing violators.

In addition, the Ministry emphasized the grave consequences that are linked to the employment of domestic laborers in the absence of appropriate licensing. In accordance with Federal Decree Law No. 9 of 2022 concerning domestic service workers, these sanctions consist of imprisonment for a maximum of one year and fines spanning from AED 200,000 to AED 1,000,000.

The Ministry emphasized the risks associated with hiring illegal domestic workers and urged employers to utilize licensed labor recruitment offices supervised by the Ministry. It reiterated its commitment to enforcing regulations and providing protection to both workers and employers.

Moreover, the Ministry extended the probationary period for domestic workers from three to six months, offering enhanced protection for employers. Legislation also ensures the return of any payments made by employers to recruitment agencies under specific conditions, safeguarding their rights and preventing exploitation.

As individuals holding work permits from the Ministry are subject to legal provisions, and any violation will result in penalties. Employers are advised to adhere to regulations and utilize licensed recruitment agencies for hiring workers, ensuring compliance with labor laws and regulations.

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