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UAE law on rights of domestic helpers, housemaids: All you need to know

 

DUBAI – The rights of domestic helpers, including housemaids, are covered by the UAE Law on Domestic Workers issued by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan in 2017.

Under this law, the rights of domestic workers are protected under a binding contract between employers and their housemaids.

Here’s all you need to know about the UAE’s law for domestic helpers:

My employer won’t give me a day off. Is this legal?

No. Under the UAE Law on Domestic Workers, domestic workers are entitled to one (1) paid day off per week and 12 hours of rest per day, including 8 hours of consecutive rest.

Am I entitled to a vacation?

Yes. You are entitled to 30 days paid vacation per year, under the UAE Law on Domestic Workers.

Can my employer keep my passport or ID?

No. Domestic helpers are entitled to possession of their personal identification papers such as passports and IDs.

What if my employer kept my passport?

You can file a complaint with the police. Alternatively, you can reach out to your embassy for assistance.

How do I register a domestic labor complaint?

You can file a complaint with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
Click here to view the info page
Click here to access the form

You can also call 80060

What happens after I file a labor complaint?

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation will attempt to resolve the dispute amicably within two weeks. If there is no resolution within that period, the matter will be referred to court.

Do I have to pay for court fees?

No. Cases filed by domestic workers are exempt from court fees at all stages of litigation and must be heard in a speedy and prompt manner.

Do I have to pay for my meals and accommodation?

No. Under the UAE Law on Domestic Workers, your employer must provide you with decent accommodation and meals at their own expense.

How soon must I receive my salary?

You must receive your salary within 10 days from due date according to your contract.

Do I need to pay for my work attire?

If work attire is required, then it must be paid by the employer.

Should my employer pay for my health insurance?

Yes. Under the law, the employer must provide you with medical insurance.

What if I fall sick?

Under the UAE law, you are entitled to 30 days medical leave per year.

Who should pay for my airline ticket?

Your employer should provide you with a round trip ticket to your home country every two years.

Click here to read full details of the UAE Law on Domestic Workers. ICA/Expat Media


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