Dubai: Henceforth, the UAE's Ministry of Labour will provide employment contracts in Malayalam too.
Apart from Malayalam, Hindi , Urdu and Tamil languages have also been approved by the ministry as languages in which the contract can be written. Altogether, the employment contract can be written in 11 languages including Arabic. Foreign languages Bangla, Chinese, Dari, Nepalese and Sinhalese have also been approved. The present action is on the basis of the employment reforms that came into effect from January 2016.
An important condition is that the employment contract should be given to the employees in their mother tongue, in order to ensure transparency. Both the appointment order and terms and conditions should be written in the mother tongue of the employees. The contract should be made in Arabic and English as well as the mother tongue of the employee.
The languages have been approved after evaluating the number of foreigners working in UAE. Employment ministry Assistant Under Secretary Humaid bin Deemas said that foreign languages were approved by the ministry to ensure transparency between employees and management.
It is essential that both the parties are aware of the rules, responsibilities and duties.
The employees should read all the rules and terms and conditions before signing the appointment order. If it is proved that this was not done, action can be taken against the establishment as per the decision taken by the government in 2014. A penalty of 20,000 dirhams will also be levied for the crime of providing wrong information.
The model fo the new employment contract is available at the wesbite of the employment ministry. The contract can be obtained after submitting the country’s name and the passport number of the employee.