Firms warned on staff transfer

ABU DHABI — Labour authorities here have warned foreign companies that transferring staff from one branch to another in a different emirate was not permissible unless certain conditions were complied with.

By Nada S. Mussallam

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Published: Sun 24 Apr 2005, 10:57 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:06 PM

“Shifting employees from one branch of a foreign company to another will not be considered as an internal procedure. It requires sponsorship transfer or temporary work permit,” source in the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs told Khaleej Times yesterday. “If a Ministry Inspector arrests an employee whose visa is for a branch in an emirate other than the one he is working for, he will charged with violating Labour Laws and will be held accountable for working with sponsors other than his,” the official warned.

The official clarified that transfer of staff would be dealt with as an internal administrative procedure only in cases where the company is owned by a national.

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