UAE: Conditions for Employing Children Announced

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UAE: Conditions for Employing Children Announced

Alroeya, 14 February 2022: The UAE’s Human Resources and Emiratisation Ministry has announced the conditions for the employment of children.

Under Federal Decree-Law No. 33/2021, the employment of children is banned.

Work permits are not granted to any Emirati or an expatriate resident who are considered a minor.

The Law allows minors aged between 15 and 18 to work, provided there is an official work permit from the Ministry.

Employers wanting to employ children between 15 and 18 must have the written consent of the minor’s guardian, or the individual who has the guardianship.

They also must have a certificate of medical fitness for the work which has been issued by the relevant medical authorities.

In addition, children must not be employed from 7pm to 7am.

Children must also not be employed in industrial projects or in dangerous or harmful work.

They should work more than six hours a day and they should have one or more breaks.

They must not be assigned additional working hours or kept in work after their scheduled hours and must not work on rest days. For full story, click here.

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Benjamin Filaferro