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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 13 November 2018

Ministry urges companies to take advantage of six-month grace period

ُhe amnesty, which started on January 4 and lasts until June 30, allows all unpaid individual fines, no matter how large, to be reduced to AED1,000.

A senior official from the Ministry of Labour (MoL) has urged employers to benefit from the six-month grace period given by the Cabinet to enable them to settle their labour card offences and pay only AED1000 for each offence.

Humaid bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, assistant undersecretary for Labour Affairs at the Ministry of Labour, said that the amnesty, which started on January 4 and lasts until June 30, allows all unpaid individual fines, no matter how large, to be reduced to AED1,000, is a “golden opportunity” for employers, and warned that starting on March 5, the ministry will impose new administrative fines including a AED500 fine for not applying for or renewing an electronic labour permit for the employees within a 60-day period from their arrival in the country.

This fine will increase by AED500 for each month of delay, as approved by the Cabinet recently.

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