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Workplace injuries in UAE: What the law says

Employees who suffer an injury or illness as a result of their work must receive compensation under the law, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE).

In a resolution, the ministry emphasized that employers are responsible for ensuring a safe working environment free from occupational danger.

According to MoHRE, the employer is “obligated to treat and compensate an injured worker” for any work-related illness or injury and the value of the work injury compensation is “calculated based on the worker’s most recent basic salary.”

The employees must receive compensation within a maximum of 10 days after the release of the medical report indicating the percentage of impairment.

If the injury or disease ends in death, the compensation is provided to the worker’s legal heirs by the country’s legislation, or as indicated in their last will and testament.

If a worker suffers a partial disability as a result of an occupational disease or injury, the worker will be paid a percentage of the value of permanent total impairment, as specified in the Cabinet resolution.

In both cases, a specialist medical committee will determine whether there is a total or partial disability, and the amount of compensation owed to the worker in the event of a permanent total impairment is equivalent to the amount due in the event of death.

For example, if the worker’s basic income was Dh1,000 and the percentage of partial disability was 25 percent, the compensation would be as follows: 25 percent of partial disability multiplied by the basic wage for 24 months yields Dh6,000.

The employer is not allowed to fire the employee or cancel the employment contract before all benefits are given. If the employee decides to terminate the employment agreement before the release of the medical report, all rights will be protected in line with the report provided by the appropriate committee.

In case of a workplace accident, the ministry urges employers and individuals to report the incident to its call center number 600590000, MoHRE smart app, or service centers. RZSP/Expat Media

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