Emirates ID cards to replace labour cards from next year

Emirates ID will also replace driving licence, health insurance cards in UAE

As Emirates ID registration of all foreign workers in the country has been completed, work permits, better known as labour cards, will be scrapped and replaced by the Emirates ID in the first quarter of next year, said a senior Ministry of Labour official yesterday.

“The move is part of plans to fast-track four million transactions — one million applications for new work permits, another million for renewal of these permits, a third million applications for new job contract and a million for renewing job contract every year — so that any transaction will take maximum 48 hours to complete instead of a minimum of 15 days at present,” said Humaid Bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs, told a news conference.

Al Suwaidi added plans for re-engineering of transactions, which will have no impact on fees, would ease the lives of more than four million workers in 250,000 private companies across the country, allowing workers and employers to obtain work permits and job contracts online and saving time and effort.

“The move will mean that an employer will submit only a job contract signed by both the worker and the employer to obtain a work permit online, in keeping with plans to make the UAE one of the world’s top five governments by 2021,” Al Suwaidi said.

Check part-time workers’ visa before letting them into your property

Employing part-time cleaners without checking their legality could land unsuspecting households in trouble and indirectly help fuel human trafficking.

A Dubai resident, who refused to be identified, learned this lesson after finding out that the part-time cleaners, supplied to her by a cleaning company, had been hired in the country illegally.

Companies and individuals who employ workers without a valid employment visa in the UAE are violating the UAE Labour law, with a corresponding Dh50,000 fine. Illegal workers run the risk of being penalised, imprisoned, deported, and banned from entering the GCC.

UAE 3-day weekend: Paid holiday for private sector on Nov 2

The UAE Cabinet has announced the Al Hijri New Year holiday for the public sector will be on Sunday November 3. Work will resume on Monday November 4.

The private sector will get a paid day off on Saturday November 2.

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.

The Hijri New Year, also known as Islamic New Year is the day that marks the beginning of a new Islamic calendar year, and is the day on which the year count is incremented.

The first day of the year is observed on the first day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar.

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