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Labour card cancellation rules modified

posted on 23/06/2003: 6832 views

An expatriate worker whose labour card is cancelled may not be retained with the employer unless a new work permit is obtained, according to a circular issued by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. "If a sponsor cancels the labour card of an employee but later decides to make the worker stay on in the UAE, he (the sponsor) has to apply for a new work permit," said the circular signed by Dr Khalid Al Khazraji, Undersecretary of the ministry.

The move was prompted by the fact that certain employers get the labour cards of their workers cancelled and later reach an agreement with the workers to resume work and drop other cancellation procedures, keeping the residence visa valid. Since the employment relationship is ended and the workers received their dues and signed clearance, the employers must re-employ them if they decide to keep them, the circular said.

If an employer decides to re-employ a staff whose labour card is cancelled, it must be done within 30 days from the date of cancellation. The employer must also submit a letter to this effect to the Licensing Department or the Labour Office. The letter must be enclosed with an application for a new labour card along with all documents required, including a new employment contract. The labour cards section will issue a new card with the same profession based on the visa stamped in the worker's passport, according to the circular which took effect immediately.

Dr Al Khazraji said that the labour market requires reorganisation, stressing that recent ministerial decisions are aimed at this target. Sources said the ministry has decided to severely punish firms that flout labour rules and employment of expatriates. The ministry has previously issued several decisions to limit illegal activities of some firms that flood the market with unwanted employees. (The Gulf News)


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