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Upholding Emiratisation: crackdown on companies evading employment regulations

Nafis' advantages for the Emiratis involved have been revoked.

Nafis’ advantages for the Emiratis involved have been revoked.

Challenges in Compliance: 894 Companies Attempt to Evade Emiratisation Rules

Recent statistics reveal a concerning trend, as 894 private companies have been identified attempting to circumvent Emiratisation regulations since their implementation in 2022. The announcement came from officials on Wednesday, shedding light on 1,267 cases of falsified Emiratisation attempts.

Consequences for Non-Compliance: Stringent Measures Unveiled

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation unveiled strict measures against offending companies, declaring their ineligibility for financial benefits under the Emirati Talent Competitiveness Council programme. 

These measures serve as a punitive response to hiring practices that undermine the Emiratisation initiative.

Unveiling False Emiratisation: Fabricated Cases and Penalties

Instances of false Emiratisation include hiring family members without genuine roles and forging employment records via illicitly acquired work permits under the names of UAE citizens. The ministry outlined penalties for such violations, with fines ranging from Dh20,000 to Dh100,000 per case.

Downgrading and Financial Implications: Repercussions for Offending Companies

Companies found in breach of Emiratisation regulations face downgrading within the private sector classification system, compelling them to bear increased service fees for work permits and transfers. 

This downgrade translates to elevated costs, as companies now encounter a substantial rise in fees from Dh250 to Dh3,750 for specific permits.

Nafis Program and Emiratisation Objectives: A Drive Towards Citizen Employment

The Nafis program, initiated in September 2021, aims to secure 10% of private sector jobs for citizens by the culmination of 2026, marking a significant milestone in the broader Emiratisation initiative.

The crackdown on companies attempting to evade Emiratisation regulations underscores the UAE’s commitment to fostering employment opportunities for its citizens and upholding the core objectives of the Nafis program.

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