UAE crackdown on fake Emiratisation: 6 violations that will invite fines of up to Dh100,000

Over the past few weeks, legal action have been taken and warnings issued as authorities were alerted to unfair practices and violations

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Published: Sat 24 Dec 2022, 2:06 PM

Last updated: Sun 25 Dec 2022, 1:25 PM

The UAE has intensified its crackdown on fake Emiratisation. On Friday, the director of a private company in the UAE was charged for faking the employment of over 40 citizens. The Public Prosecution demanded his imprisonment.

Earlier, administrative action was initiated against an Emirati employer who appointed 43 family members to inflate Emiratisation rates and benefit from the Nafis scheme.


Nafis is a federal programme that has been established to empower Emiratis to occupy jobs in the private sector. Launched in September 2021, the programme requires firms with 50 or more employees to raise their Emiratisation rate by 2 per cent of overall skilled jobs. The deadline to achieve the target is on December 31, 2022.

Authorities have said that stringent fines will be applicable to companies that do not comply with the new law. Here is a list of those fines:


ViolationFine
False EmiratisationThere will be an administrative fine on the violated company - not less than Dh20,000 and not more than Dh100,000 for each Emirati employee; financial support to be ceased and returned by violated employee
If the job candidate benefiting from Nafis is not employed after issuing a work permit and the company benefits from NafisAn administrative fine of Dh20,000 for each Emirati employee, as well as the suspension of benefits, and a refund of the amounts disbursed to the company
The employee benefiting from Nafis shows non-commitment to workAn administrative fine of Dh20,000 for each Emirati employee, as well as the suspension of benefits, and a refund of the amounts disbursed to the company
The employee benefitting from Nafis does not come to work and the company does not inform Nafis about itAn administrative fine of Dh20,000 for each Emirati employee, as well as the suspension of benefits, and a refund of the amounts disbursed to the company
The company fails to inform Nafis of any change in the employee's benefits without an excuse accepted by NafisAn administrative fine of AED20,000 for each case will be applied, as well as freezing the employee's financial support and asking them to return it
Compnies submitting incorrect documents or data to obtain Nafis benefits or to circumvent EmiratisationThere will be an administrative fine on the violated company - not less than Dh20,000 and not more than Dh100,000 for each Emirati employee; financial support to be ceased and returned by violated employee

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