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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

1,000 companies benefit from Ministry of Labour grace period

Beginning in March, there will be a late-payment penalty of Dh500 a month in addition to the initial fines.

A thousand companies have benefited from the Government’s decision to institute a grace period for the payment of labour-card fines, the Ministry of Labour has said.

The grace period began on Sunday and will continue until March.

“Business owners who have paid fines within the grace period have saved up to Dh17 million, as the value of the total calculated fines imposed on their practices before the deadline was Dh18.5m,” said Humaid Al Suwaidi, an assistant undersecretary at the ministry.

“Within the first two days we received the payment of Dh1.5m.”

He said all employers should take advantage of the grace period and speed up the payment of fines this month and next month to avoid incurring late charges.

Beginning in March, there will be a late-payment penalty of Dh500 a month in addition to the initial fines.

Mr Al Suwaidi also advised company owners to keep abreast of the conditions for the electronic labour permits by regularly visiting www.mol.gov.ae for the ministry’s E-Netwasal services, or by using its latest smartphone app, available at Apple and Google Play app stores.

Through this service, employers can determine labourers’ employment conditions, pay fines, cancel work permits and report absent employees.

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