Standard employment contract
The ministry has introduced a new standard employment contract and requested the employers to abide by fully. As per the Ministerial Decree 764 of 2015 on Standard Employment Contracts , no initial approval for employment is granted until after an employment offer is issued by the employer.
The employment offer must conform with the standard employment contract and duly signed by both the employer and employee. The offer letter is registered with the ministry and at that point, an employer can apply for an employment visa for the employee.
The ministry further stipulates that no new clauses may be added to the standard employment contract unless they:
- are compliant with the ministry's legal requirements
- do not conflict with other clauses of the standard employment contract
- gain the approval of the ministry.
Employment contracts in 11 languages
Read about the language of employment contract.
If proven that workers did not go through the annexes before signing the labour contract, the employer will be fined AED 20,000 for submitting incorrect data to the Ministry.
Verify your job offer
You can enquire about the authenticity of a job offer you receive from the UAE through this eService or call on toll free number 800 60 or use other communication channels provided by the ministry.
Who bears the cost of employment?
Employers bear the cost of visa sponsorship. No employer is allowed to withhold any amount from an employee's salary or deduct visa fees or any other charges.
As per the Labour Law, any employee who quits before the end of his/her limited contract, he/she will be penalised by a maximum of 45 days' salary. At the same time, any employer who terminates a limited contract of an employee before its expiry will be penalised by three months' salary.
Can an employee start working at the company based on the pre-approval issued by Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation?
No, he cannot. He can only join after having his residency permit is stamped on his passport.