Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), 1 October 2023: The mandatory job loss insurance scheme is now in force. It means employees will now be fined 400 AED.
Employees who subscribe to the scheme but fail to pay the premiums for more than three months will now have their insurance certificate cancelled and be fined 200 AED.
If employees fail to pay the fines for three months from the due date, the amount will be deducted from their wages through the Wage Protection System, end-of-service gratuity, or any other alternative method deemed acceptable by the Human Resources and Emiratisation Ministry. This penalty will be specified in the relevant Ministerial Decision.
Under the relevant Ministerial Decision, employees will not be eligible for a new work permit until all fines owed are paid within the specified timeframe.
Investors, domestic helpers, temporary contract workers, those under 18, and retirees who are entitled to a pension and have started a new job are exempt.
Employees had to pay a premium to subscribe to the scheme. If they lose their jobs for anything other than disciplinary action or resignation, they will receive financial support for up to three months.
Premiums can be paid monthly, quarterly, bi-annually, or annually. To get the support employees must be subscribed to the scheme for at least 12 months. Subscriptions to the scheme began in January 2023 so if an employee subscribed to it in January, they will become eligible for compensation only if they lose their job after December 2023. If a person subscribes to the scheme this month, they will only become eligible after 12 months have passed.
Private sector employees, federal government departments, and free zones had until 1 October to subscribe to the Involuntary Loss of Employment (ILOE) scheme.
There are two types of plans. Category A is available to employees with a basic salary of 16,000 AED or less. The premium will be five AED plus VAT a month and will provide an employee with 60% of their basic salary up to 10,000 AED a month.
Category B is available to employees with a basic salary of more than 16,000 AED. The premium will be 10 AED plus VAT a month and will provide an employee with 60% of basic salary; up to 20,000 AED a month.
The benefits of the scheme will stop if the beneficiary gets a new job or leaves the UAE.
The employee must not have an existing absconding complaint against them.
Claims must be submitted within 30 days from the date of termination or the settlement of a labour complaint referred to the judiciary.
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