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UAE Cracks Down on Illegal Recruitment Activities, Penalizes Violators

ByNavneeth

Feb 6, 2024 #UAE

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) in the UAE has taken stringent action against 55 entities, including 5 social media accounts, for engaging in illegal recruitment and mediation activities without the necessary permits in 2023.

According to Khalil Al Khoori, the Undersecretary for Human Resources Affairs at MoHRE, the penalties imposed on violators include fines, restrictions in the ministry’s records, and referral to the Public Prosecution. Additionally, the social media accounts found to be involved in illegal recruitment have been blocked.

The UAE law strictly prohibits the recruitment or temporary employment of domestic workers without obtaining a permit from the ministry. Violators face severe consequences, including jail time ranging from no less than a year and fines ranging from Dh200,000 to Dh1 million.

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Al Khoori emphasized the Ministry’s commitment to enforcing legal measures against companies involved in illegal activities without proper licensing. The ministry employs inspection systems to monitor promotional and advertising campaigns across social media and other platforms to identify potential violations in the job market.

Regular inspection visits to suspected companies are also conducted to identify and flag unlawful practices, with cases of violation referred to the Public Prosecution.

Residents are urged to verify the permits of entities advertising employment or mediation services with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation before engaging with them to avoid falling victim to fraud.

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In the event of any violations or illegal recruitment practices, individuals are encouraged to report them to the ministry’s call center at 600590000 or through the MoHRE smart application.

The crackdown on illegal recruitment activities underscores the UAE’s commitment to upholding labor laws, ensuring fair employment practices, and protecting the rights of workers in the country. The Ministry’s proactive measures aim to safeguard the integrity of the job market and maintain transparency in recruitment processes.



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