The “10 Million Meal Campaign,” a food distribution campaign, was launched to support labourers and vulnerable families adversely affected by the pandemic during the holy month of Ramadan by providing meals and food parcels to them. Inspection visits were undertaken to worker housing camps to ensure proper implementation of precautionary measures and the cleanliness and sanitation of dining halls and common areas. Inspection visits were also extended to shops frequented by labourers, medical clinics and buses that carry them to work sites.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) launched the “Early Leave” initiative in coordination with the Federal Authority for Identity and Citizenship, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, the Civil Aviation Authority and the National Emergency and Disaster Management Authority to enable foreign workers in the private sector residing in the UAE who wish to return to their home countries during the COVID-19 lockdown/precautionary measures period to do so by bringing forward the date of their annual leave or by agreeing with their employer to take unpaid leave.
The Cabinet issued a decision granting migrants and visitors with irregular status, whose residency permits or visas expired prior to 1 March 2020, an exemption period of 3 months starting 18 May 2020 during which they could leave the country without having to pay any of the fines incurred for expiration of visa, ID or work permit. The Cabinet decision also noted the possibility for beneficiaries from the exemption to return to the country in the future once they have met the necessary visa requirements.
Ministerial Decision No. (281) of 2020 Concerning the Regulation of Remote Working in Private Sector Establishments During the Application Period of Precautionary Measures to Reduce the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus
Ministerial Resolution No. 281 calls on all private establishments to limit the number of employees working on premises and labourers working on sites to not more than 30 per cent, with the implementation of social distancing and protective and sanitization measures, and to refer suspected COVID-19 cases to the health authorities.
Ministerial Resolution No. (279) of 2020 Regarding the Stability of Employment in Private Sector Companies During the Period of Applying Precautionary Measures to Contain the Spread of the Novel Coronavirus
Ministerial Resolution No. 279 aims at regulating the contractual relationship between employers and employees over the period during which precautionary measures for controlling the spread of the coronavirus pandemic are in place. It only applies to expatriates working in private sector companies that are registered with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
Amendment to decision No. 30 for the year 2019 pertaining to admitting the family members of foreign workers into the country
The council of ministers approved on 31 March an amendment to decision No. 30 for the year 2019 pertaining to admitting the family members of foreign workers into the country, changing the requirement for admission from the profession of foreign workers to their income level.