Starting January 27, 2022, families will have the option to use the online Wage Protection System (WPS) to pay wages for domestic workers.
The WPS allows employers and families to pay salaries online through bank transfers, foreign exchange offices and financial institutions approved by the Central Bank of the United Arab Emirates.
“This helps employers prove that they have paid the salary on time, while ensuring that domestic helpers receive their salary every month. In this way, the system helps to create a stable and healthy working relationship between the helpers. servants and their employers,” Khoury said.
The system, he added, applies to all domestic help professions set out in the law, including cleaners, nannies, maids, cooks, family drivers, agents security, gardeners, farmers, private trainers, private teachers, private nurses, private representatives, private agriculture. engineers, sailors, shepherds, falconers and workers.
Khoury pointed out that WPS provides an easier, faster and digitally advanced channel for paying salaries on time.
Employers can also use smart apps provided by one of the financial institutions they deal with to pay the wages of domestic helpers.
Implemented since 2009, the WPS is an electronic mechanism that guarantees the timely payment of salaries to private sector workers.
Khoury said the implementation of WPS in domestic help salary processing will be a success, especially after the long experience the ministry has gained in developing and using the system over the past 13 years.
“WPS maintains positive, stable and transparent working relationships in the private sector,” Khoury noted.
This initiative is the ministry’s latest effort to protect the rights of domestic helpers. Since 2017, the ministry had stopped renewing the licenses of private domestic worker recruitment bureaus, replacing them with Tadbeer Centers, one-stop shops to streamline recruitment and protect rights. In 2017, the United Arab Emirates issued Federal Law no. 10 of 2017 to govern the employment of domestic workers across the country.
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