Is the Kafala System over in the UAE? Law Improving Domestic Worker Rights Approved

Published September 26th, 2017 - 10:48 GMT
The law will take effect two months after publication in the official gazette (AFP/File Photo)
The law will take effect two months after publication in the official gazette (AFP/File Photo)

A law stipulating the essential working conditions for domestic workers, including a regular weekly day off, 30 days of paid annual leave and the right to retain personal documents was approved by President Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, it was announced on Tuesday.

The new law also provides for a daily rest of at least 12 hours — including at least eight consecutive hours.

Saqr Ghobash Saeed Ghobash, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said the law strikes a balanced domestic worker-employer relationship and regulates it in a way that protects the rights of all parties involved.

“The law, moreover, reflects the UAE’s commitment to supremacy of law and to aligning the local legislation with international labor standards,” Ghobash added.

Ghobash said the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation will soon complete the executive regulations and job contracts ahead of the implementation of the law.

The new professions under the domestic helpers’ category (only for households, not companies) are: housemaid, private sailor, watchman and security guard, household shepherd, family chauffeur, household horse groomer, household falcon carer and trainer, domestic labourer, housekeeper, private coach, private teacher, babysitter, household farmer, private nurse, private PRO and private agriculture engineer.

The law will take effect two months after publication in the official gazette.

 

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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