Employers warned against giving fake salary slips to insurance firms

ABU DHABI — Employers who provide fake salary certificates of their employees to health insurance firms to buy them lowest health insurance premiums will face legal action, a top official has warned.

By Nada S.mussallam

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Published: Thu 8 Feb 2007, 9:24 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:26 AM

Buying mandatory health premiums for expatriate employees working and residing in Abu Dhabi depends on their monthly emoluments.

“We had 20 cases where we suspected that the salary certificates were fake. Some employers resort to this unscrupulous act to get the basic policy, which is supported by the government and designed for employees with a total monthly salary package of Dh4000 or less,” said Dr Michael Bitzer, Chief Executive Officer of the National Insurance Company-Daman

He said the cases were referred to the General Authority for Health Services for the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (GAHS).

“In some cases, we ask the company to provide us with salary slips for three months to avoid any form of cheating. However, the issue is to be tackled thoroughly by the GAHS for being the regulatory body of the insurance project,” said Dr Britzer.

Under a presidential decree, it has become compulsory for employers to provide their expatriate employees with health insurance cover.

Dr Ahmed Al Mazroui, Director General of GAHS, said, “Employers who will try to deceive authorities by forging salary certificates of their employees to avoid paying more to secure them with a health insurance will be subject to penalties stipulated in the country’s criminal code.”

He stressed that as per the law, employers must provide employees with health premium that will be decided in accordance with the monthly salary of an employee.

The official added that employers are also not allowed to deduct value of the insurance premium from the salary of employee in any case.“We will not tolerate any such acts. Violators will be punished.”

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