By: Samir Salama
Gulf News | 26 September 2017
Law stipulates essential working conditions for domestic workers, including a regular weekly day off
Abu Dhabi: A law stipulating 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 His Highness Shaikh 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 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 labour 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.