Dubai: The Ministry of Labour has said that e-labour cards and e-contracts will be issued electronically within 48 hours from the time of application. The new e-labour cards and contracts will come into effect from Sunday, the ministry official told representatives of companies in a meeting held to explain procedures for the new initiative.

The new e-contracts and e-labour cards will replace the old plastic cards and paper contracts and had been implemented on a trial basis from the beginning of this month. A ministry official had earlier said that the new paperless contracts will not only save time and effort of employers but creates an integrated database that includes the Ministry of Interior and the Emirates Identity Authority.
Humaid Bin Deemas Al Suwaidi, Assistant Undersecretary for Labour Affairs, said the meeting also heard suggestions from employers in the private sector.

Bin Deemas said the ID cards will be the new identification documents of employees. “The ID card will not be issued to workers who do not have work permits from the ministry,” he said, and urged employers to provide workers with their own identity cards in case of labour inspections.
Earlier he had said that it would not be possible to get an Emirates ID card or residency visa issued without the e-card and e-contract.

“Our inspectors will now only check the Emirates ID card. They are equipped with readers that can read the information on the embedded chip of the ID card.” he had said. The official said the innovation would ensure efficient services and quick issue and renewal of labour cards and employment contracts.
“The simplification of procedures came after consultation with strategic partners such as the Ministry of Interior and the Emirates Identity Authority, in addition to private company representatives,” he said.
“Employers can apply for e-labour cards and contracts through Tas’heel service centres,” he said.
Bin Deemas urged employers to apply for the electronic services within 60 days from the workers’ entry in the UAE. He noted that the ministry will grant the applicant a preliminary approval after the conditions are met, and then issue the permits electronically. The data will be sent to the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs to complete the residency procedures, he said.
He said the fees will remain the same.

Bin Deemas stressed the importance of applying for electronic employment contracts during the prescribed period of 60 days. Companies that delay applying will be fined Dh1,000 for each month of delay, he said… see more