The ministry aimed to give further opportunity for companies and workers to rectify this violation and to get labour cards issued or renewed before imposing the increased fine of Dh5000 for each year of delay from just Dh2,000 regardless of the number of years of delay, he noted.
During the previous three weeks, both companies and workers rushed to the ministry to amend the violation before the start of implementing the hefty fine with many companies seeking rectification for more than a hundred of their workers. "We found it necessary to extend the grace period and give further opportunity to help as many as possible to remove this violation in accordance with the former fine and before imposing the hefty fine."Besides, there are significant numbers of big companies, which failed to cancel labour cards of workers whose visas were cancelled and those who have actually left the country. They need to check their workers files and submit to the ministry the necessary documents, which prove permits of these workers had been cancelled.