UAE Cabinet mandates MOHRE jurisdiction over Associated (domestic) Labour

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Council of Ministers tasked the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) with the responsibility to administer Associated (domestic) Labour in the UAE. MOHRE is to begin receiving and processing applications for the recruitment and employment of domestic workers in the Emirate of Dubai during the first Quarter of 2017, as a first step towards extending its mandate to the rest of the UAE during the course of the second Quarter.

Minister Ghobash said in a statement that MOHRE will strive to administer this sector in line with the ‘Government of the Future’ vision. “As in most countries, all sectors of employment now become the responsibility of a single government agency”, he added.

Ghobash went on to say that his ministry will build on the many accomplishments that accompanied the development of this vital sector and realized under the stewardship of HH Sheikh Seif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime minister and Interior Minister of the UAE, whether in terms of important legislative initiatives or in terms of the quality of the services offered to stakeholders.

 “MOHRE intends to follow through with policies and strategic plans with a view to apply the same principles and labour governance standards across private sector employment while, at the same time, taking into consideration the particularities of domestic employment”.

Ghobash stressed the importance of full cooperation with MOI, notably the general Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs in order to benefit from its long experience in providing quality services in the context of the issuance of work permits.

Associated Labour workers are legally defined as those employed in or by households and include house workers and nannies, cooks, guards, drivers, shepherds, gardeners and household agricultural help.




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