x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Updated guide for Filipino expatriates released

Revised version will be available from next month online at philembassy.ae or from the embassy or labour office.

ABU DHABI // An updated guide to the UAE for expatriate Filipino workers is being published by the labour attaché at the country's overseas labour office. Nasser Munder wrote the first edition of the Employment Guidelines for Expatriate Workers in the United Arab Emirates after he first took up the post in February 2007, having recognised a need among the workforce. Around 320,000 Filipinos work in the UAE.

Now a revised version has been drawn up, covering changes to benefits and rights. It will be available from next month online at philembassy.ae or from the embassy or labour office. Mr Munder, 52, said the guide is "intended to help workers understand that despite being granted rights, they should also perform their obligations as expatriate workers in this country". The employment guidelines, published in English, includes information about salaries, salary deductions, working hours, overtime, official holidays, leave entitlement, the termination of an employment contracts, the employment ban and the transfer of sponsorship.

The guide also includes information about arbitrary dismissal, the notice of termination and the rights of the worker after termination or expiry of a contract. @Email:rruiz@thenational.ae