LMRA visas for maids

The Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) will officially take over the responsibility of issuing work visas to housemaids and other domestic workers from tomorrow. However, the Labour Ministry will continue to receive applications for work permits on a temporary basis to ensure a smooth transition, LMRA chief executive Ausamah Al Absi said. Continue reading

SKY IS THE LIMIT

Assuring Market that Labour Regulatory Authority (LMRA) e-Support Centre will never detrack from the development path, the authority’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ausamah Al Absi said that the centre had responded to 67 per cent of the electronic requests, during September, within 24 hours. Continue reading

Confusion Reigns In Private

The statements issued by Labour Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) Chief on ‘work permit’ and deportation of expatriates’ homemakers, who are employed as teachers across the Kingdom, has, undoubtedly, landed many private schools in a state of perplexity. Majority of the school heads, in unison, said that they did not want to ‘avoid either paying the monthly levy of BD10 against each foreign employee or the application fee’ as stated by Ausamah Al Absi, and assured that they were willing to rectify legal irregularities, if there are any. Continue reading

A taste of freedom

As the UAE scraps its no-objection letter for skilled employees moving jobs, Mark Atkinson examines the labour liberalisation movement in the region. By Mark Atkinson, February 2011
The no objection letter (NOC)has perhaps been the most poignant legacy in the labour law – and in the opinion of many, the one in most urgent need of reform. In a recent decision by the UAE government, employees with a minimum high school certificate qualification will be able to move jobs without a NOC from their current employer. Continue reading