Grace period extended for rectifying labour card anomalies

DUBAI — The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has extended the grace period given for companies which have violated norms by failing to cancel, issue or renew their workers’ labour cards by the end of this month, a ministry source said yesterday.

By Eman Al Baik

Published: Wed 24 Aug 2005, 10:25 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 7:16 PM

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.

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