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The UAE's Ministry of Labour has announced it will be replacing old plastic labour cards and employment contracts with electronic ones from 13 July, according to the decision issued by Saqr Ghobash, Minister of Labour.
The announcment was made during a press conference at the ministry's headquarters in Dubai where His Excellency Humaid bin Dimas Al Suwaidi, assistant undersecretary for labour affairs, said "The ministry stopped issuing plastic cards and paper contracts earlier this month as a testing phase to determine and overcome any obstacles to implement the decision which goes into effect as scheduled on July 13th."
"Plastic Labour cards due for renewal after July 13 will be determined to apply to these new measures and be replaced with electronic permits that are valid for two years," he said.
The move comes as a step towards e-transformation in MOL's provided services, which is part of commitment towards the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to provide high-quality services to customers, meet their desires and achieve their satisfaction.
Bin Dimas pointed out that according to statistics, that the ministry issues an average of 3 million new/renewed labour cards annually, which confirms the commitment of the majority of employers towards applying for or renewing labour cards in a timely manner, something which the ministry is proud with, and looks forward to continuing this commitment towards the new electronic measures.