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UAE to come out with tough domestic helpers' law soon

Dubai, Thu, 29 Mar 2012 ANI

Dubai, Mar.29 (ANI): The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to introduce a draft law that will impose severe penalties on sponsors of domestic helpers if they breach the contract of employment and ask their domestic help to do a job which they are not supposed to do.

Gulf News quoted a senior interior ministry official, as saying that those who employ domestic helpers not on their sponsorship would also incur severe penalty.

"Once the draft law is approved, it will help the ministry to implement rigorously the rules and regulations governing the employment of domestic workers," he said.

The official said the ministry would deal sternly with the sponsor or any other person who violates the terms of contract of a domestic worker.

"Once the law is approved, there will be zero tolerance from the ministry against those who even lend their domestic helpers to friends or family members," he said.

"There will be a new law that will take care of the domestic helpers' rights, the sponsors' rights and will keep close watch on recruitment agencies too," the official added.

According to the existing law for domestic helpers, residence permits for maids or domestic help are for a period of one year if the sponsor is an expatriate, but if the sponsor is Emirati then the period is two years.

The official said a committee of the Interior and Defence at the Federal National Council is working on a new comprehensive domestic helpers' law which is under study and will be approved soon by the authority. (ANI)

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