The Dubai Courts.


Unpaid salaries: Dubai judge warns companies of freeze in assets


DUBAI – Companies that fail to pay the salaries of their workers will have their assets and bank accounts frozen as part of measures against unpaid wages, a senior judge warned.

Chief Justice Jamal Al Jaberi, head of Labour Court at Dubai Courts, said a new legal provision allows courts to freeze the bank accounts and assets of companies involved in cases of unpaid wages of more than 100 workers.

Al Jaberi’s statement came after the UAE government reminded private sector companies to pay their employees’ salaries on time.

The senior judge said that based on Labour Court verdict, the company’s assets may also be auctioned off to fund the payment of salaries.

He said that while the number of labour cases in Dubai declined last year to 6,407 cases, more than 90 percent of labour cases filed are about unpaid wages.

Last week, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) reminded private companies to pay salaries on time using the Wage Protection System.

Companies and businesses registered with MOHRE are required to sign up with WPS or be blocked from getting new work permits until workers’ salaries are fully paid. ICA/Expat Media

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