Emirates News Agency – Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization conducts over 485,000 inspection visits to facilities in 10 months

DUBAI, 9th November, 2022 (WAM) — The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) has announced that it has conducted over 485,000 inspection visits to private sector facilities across the UAE between January and October 2022.

This included 1,623 inspection visits in cooperation with six government entities, while the number of community reports handled during the period was 667 cases.

The inspection visits detected 26,104 cases of violation of the Labor Relations Act and its implementing regulations. Legal proceedings have been initiated against the offending entities and the corresponding fines have been imposed.

Mohsen Al Nassi, Acting Deputy Undersecretary for Inspection Affairs at MoHRE, said, “The Ministry attaches great importance to strengthening oversight mechanisms and inspections of private sector facilities and sensitizing them on the implementation of implementation of the Labor Relations Act and its executive resolutions.

“This aims to ensure the rights of both parties, employers and employees, who are involved to have harmonious and balanced labor relations and to enhance the stability and prosperity of the UAE labor market. It is also intended to strengthen the UAE as a preferred work destination, in line with the vision of the UAE’s wise leadership and to enhance the country’s reputation as an incubator of qualified national and global skills to contribute to the construction of the economy of the future,” he added.

Al Nassi continued: “The inspection visits are based on the transparency and impartiality of the ministry’s inspectors, who have a thorough knowledge of the laws governing labor relations and executive regulations, particularly in terms of the rights and duties of employers as well as workers. Their visits raise awareness of the importance of compliance by both parties and link the impact of labor inspection to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Ministry inspectors have the legal authority to issue tickets against non-compliant entities and prepare reports that clarify legal violations committed, he explained.

Violations detected during the inspections included 2,973 cases of non-compliance with the payment of wages – which were referred to the public prosecutor; 178 cases where employers withheld workers’ passports, of which 132 were settled and the passports were returned to the workers.

Violations also included cases where recruitment fees were deducted from workers’ salaries. Two of these cases were referred to the prosecution.

The Ministry’s proactive inspection system detected 48 cases of violations which were forwarded to the judicial and competent authorities. Two cases of sexual harassment were also reported. In addition to this, another 30 cases involved workers signing false documents certifying that they had received their wages and incorrect data being entered into the Wage Protection System (WPS) to circumvent the provisions.

The ministry issued administrative fines for violations detected during inspection visits, which included 22,087 cases of non-compliance with procedures for issuing work permit contracts and facilities not carrying out their authorized activities; 21 cases of carrying out coordination activities and employment agencies without the required license; and 14 instances of non-compliance with approved work accommodation standards.

Apart from this, 165 cases of non-compliance were detected where companies did not ensure the proper working environment for workers in open areas and non-compliance with working conditions in summer – especially during the lunch break from June 15 to September 15 Apart from this, 17 cases were identified where the ministry was not informed of work accidents, occupational diseases or death of a worker during work, as well as 567 case of presentation of incorrect documents.

The Acting Assistant Under-Secretary for Inspection Affairs welcomed the commitment of most employers to labor market legislation, which “confirms their awareness of the impact of such legislation, particularly in terms of stabilizing the employment relationship and increasing overall productivity”.

Tasks

The inspection visits carried out by the inspectors of the ministry are aimed at inculcating and adhering to the principles, culture and work ethic as a civilized value that contributes to strengthening institutions, providing employment opportunities and to increase the efficiency of production and performance, which contributes to the realization of the development of institutions, guarantee the rights of workers and business owners, as well as ensure the application of legal provisions relating to working conditions and protection of workers during their work, and inspect the implementation of occupational health and safety requirements and standards of accommodation and occupational safety in coordination with the competent authorities.

The inspection sector of the ministry is working on the evaluation of cases that are committed for non-compliance with the provisions of Federal Decree-Law No. (33) of 2021 regarding the regulation of labor relations and its implementing regulations and relevant decisions. The sector carries out inspection campaigns of all kinds according to specific schedules to carry out an ongoing review of the institutions’ commitment to implementing the provisions of the law, in collaboration with various government entities.

The sector is also committed to verifying and following up on cases submitted to it by other departments and authorities, monitoring the reversal of violations committed by entities, and taking necessary action against violators.

Powers

The authority of labor inspectors is determined in accordance with the provisions of law enforcement, including the power to enter at any time any facility subject to the law regulating labor relations for the purpose of inspection and to summon the employer or his representative to come to the head office of the establishment, the work accommodation or the ministry.

Inspectors have the right to carry out examinations or investigations necessary to verify the safety of the performance of the legal obligations of the employer, to question the employer or the workers individually or in the presence of witnesses, to examine the documents and data which the employer must keep and obtain a printout if necessary, take samples of materials used or circulating in industrial processes and other work subject to inspection, which are suspected of having a harmful effect on health or worker safety.

The inspector may, if necessary, request a medical examination of the workers of the establishment and carry out medical laboratory research to ensure the adequacy of the working conditions and their impact on the health and the preventive level of the workers. workers.

Types

Inspections are divided into 12 tasks or types, including monitoring the work of nationals working in the private sector, compliance with conditions and checks on payment of wages, monitoring of facilities with unsafe indicators, compliance with conditions and labor relations law controls, monitoring of workplace accidents and compliance with labor accommodation conditions and controls.

It also includes ensuring compliance with hot weather working conditions and controls, monitoring private recruitment agencies and related working conditions, and assessing suspected cases of human trafficking, forced labor and sexual harassment.

Ministry inspectors are also empowered to carry out inspection visits to monitor closed facilities that are not carrying out their authorized activities, to ensure the operation of the facilities, as well as the status of registered workers in accordance with the legislation and regulations.

The Ministry has provided a number of channels that allow workers, employers and the community to report any violations in order to take the necessary steps to ensure law enforcement and safeguard the interests of both parties to the contractual relationship, by contacting the call center on 600590000, or through the smart app or ministry website.

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