UAE to pass new labour law

Ahram Online, Monday 23 Jan 2012

The new law is expected to protect labour rights and regulate the relationship between workers and employers in accordance with international conventions

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) cabinet approved a draft law organising the relationship between workers and employers, Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE was reported as saying by Gulf News, a local news site.

The new law aligns domestic UAE labour regulations with the International Labour Organisation’s Conventions on Decent Work for Domestic Workers.

The convention clearly defines employmement conditions and rights of employees and employers. It regulates issues such as the payment of recruitment agency fees, salary payment rules and weekly vacations.

The bill was drafted by the ministries of interior, labour and justice, but still needs to be passed by the Federal National Council and signed by the UAE President.

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