Most of the issues that OFWs face are unjust treatment such as overwork, and late salary. Having a delayed salary is never okay. However, it is still best if you deal with it in a calm and more civilized way to avoid more problems. Here are the civilized steps you can do when your employer delays your salary.
- Follow-up. Start a conversation with your employer or through your superiors, follow up with them, and inform them why you need your salary as early as possible.
- Make a complaint. If nothing happened after your follow-up, it’s time to inform the authorities. Call the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation helpline 800 665. Be sure that it’s documented. File an application form of complaint in the labor office and bring all documents signed by you or your employer.
- Be a valuable employee. Be an employee that your employer will regret to lose. Change their way of thinking about you. Avoid going AWOL.
What charges can my employer face for a delayed salary?
As an OFW, it is very important to know your rights and know where you stand when working abroad to not be taken for granted. If your employer is not paying on-time here are the violations you can use against them.
- If you still haven’t received your salary after 16 days since the due date, they can face license suspension and no-issuance of other permits by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
- If it’s been past 30 days, the authorities will discipline the employer by banning them from registering new companies.
- If it’s past 60 days, the employer will be required to pay fines of AED 5,000 per employee or up to AED 50,000 or 69,000-690,000PHP.
FACT: It is in Dubai’s Rule of Law that employers should give salary to their employees on-time. Failing to do so will cause them to face charges and fines.