Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation urges employers to page wages via the Wages Protection System
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, MoHRE said that private-sector employers must commit to ensuring employee wages are safeguarded and paid on time via the Wages Protection System. Wages must be according to those agreed upon in the employment contracts signed by employers and employees.
The ministry advised that employers that have granted employees 'early leave' - as part of precautionary measures during the coronavirus pandemic - must expedite the required documentation to register such consent, via a temporary supplementary annex to the employment contract. The supplementary form/annex is available for employers via the MoHRE smart app and website www.mohre.gov.ae.
MoHRE also added that employers must immediately update systems approved by the ministry on any changes to employment contracts agreed by both parties, including the temporary or permanent reduction of wages.
The ministry asserted that private-sector employers' commitment to paying wages on time, as well as documenting early leave and the reduction in employee wages, whether temporarily or permanently, would safeguard the rights of both parties in the business relationship. The ministry relies on the employees’ wages in the wages protection system that reflect the employment contracts signed between the parties as well as their appendixes.
The ministry also stressed that adherence by employers towards fulfilling their legal obligations to their employees, particularly concerning pay, is of utmost importance in ensuring the stability of the working relationship, employee productivity, and business continuity.