The new labour laws at a glance.
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They are now valid for two years, instead of the previous three years.
No longer need to obtain a no-objection certificate from an employer before taking on a new position.
Will now fall into different categories, depending on the percentage of skilled and Emirati workers they employ. Businesses with a bigger mix will pay lower fees for labour cards.
For foreign workers this has been raised to 65 from 60.
Agencies who hire foreign workers need to deposit Dh1 million (US$272,000) in a restricted account, while those with labourers for third-party firms need Dh2,000 a worker. The Ministry of Labour would tap these funds if an agency collapses or fails to pay its workers.