Recently, The President of the United Arab Emirates, His Highness Sheik Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, had approved a Federal Law No. 10 2017. This law aims to strengthen the legal measures for the protection of domestic workers.
This also serves as a guide for recruitment and employment agencies about their obligations, the penalties, the definition of domestic worker’s contract, and dispute settlement.
More so, the Law declares that domestic workers must be treated equally by their employees regardless of their nationalities, culture, and belief differences.
According to the new Law, the employer must provide the domestic workers’ the following:
1) medical insurance
2) appropriate accommodation and three daily meals
3) decent clothes suitable for the work environment
4) a safe work atmosphere
5) fair worker’s compensation in cases of work injury.
6) provide a round-trip home ticket for every 2 years
Note: The Law stated that if the employer failed to provide the above mentions, domestic worker has the right not to follow with the employer’s request. On the other hand, domestic workers are not allowed to disclose any confidential work-related knowledge of the employer.
Meanwhile, the Law stated that Domestic workers are entitled to:
1) Salary payment to be given every 10th of the following month
2) 12 hours of daily rest, including sleep time
3) once a week paid day-off
4) once a year 30 days medical leave
5) keeping all her documents (i.e passport, IDs, etc.)
The Law also stated that Recruitment offices must be:
1) licensed by UAE authorities
2) owned and managed by a UAE citizen
3) comply with this Law in order to operate in the UAE.
4) return the worker to his/her home country upon contract termination.
The domestic workers’ contract must also specify and include the following:
1)the nature of his/her work
2) exact amount of salary
3) method of the payment of the salary
4)the number of days off
5)the number of breaks per day
6)circumstances leading to termination of services.
The law applies to the following occupations:
1)domestic workers qualified to sail ships