The following text comes straight from the UAE Ministry of Labourís
UAE Labour Law and is applicable as of July 22 2015.
Payment of wages
Wages shall be paid on a working day and at the work site, in the
national currency of the State.
Workers employed in return for an annual or a monthly wage shall be
paid at least once per month. All other workers shall be paid at least
once every fortnight.
The daily wage of workers employed on the basis of the piece shall be
calculated as the equivalent of the average daily wage received by the
worker for the effective working days during the six months that
precede the termination of the service.
The payment to the workers of the wage due thereto, regardless of the
value or nature thereof, may only be evidenced in writing or by means
of admission or oath. Every agreement made in contrary thereto, even
if made prior to the coming into force of the present Law, shall be
The worker may not be required to purchase food or other goods from
certain stores or from the products of the owner.
No sum may be deducted from the wage of the worker in return for
special rights unless in the following cases:
a - The recovery of any advances or sums paid to the worker in excess
of his entitlements , provided that the deducted sum does not exceed
in such case 10 per cent of the periodical wage of the worker.
b - Installments legally payable by the workers from the wages thereof
such as the social security and insurance systems.
c - Contributions of the worker in the saving fund or loans due
d - Installments of any social project or any other privileges or
services granted by the employer and approved by the Labour
e - Fines imposed on the worker for any breaches perpetrated thereby.
f - Every debt paid in application of a judicial ruling, provided that
the sum deducted in application of the ruling does not exceed one
quarter of the wage due to the worker. Should there be numerous debts
or debtors, the maximum deduction shall be equal to half the wage, and
the sums required for retention shall be proportionally distributed
among the beneficiaries after the payment of the legal alimony debt at
the rate of one quarter of the wage.
As amended by Federal Law no. 12 dated 29/10/1986:
Should the worker cause the loss, damage or destruction of tools,
machines, products or materials owned by the employer or under the
custody thereof, and such due to a default or breach by the worker of
the instructions of the employer, the latter may deduct from the wage
of the worker the necessary sum for the repair or restoration thereof,
provided that the sums deducted for such purpose do not exceed the
wage of five days every month. The employer may request the competent
court via the competent labour department the permission to deduct a
longer sum should the worker have money or another source of income.
The employer may not transfer a worker paid on a monthly basis to the
corps of daily workers, or the corps of workers paid on a weekly,
hourly or by piece basis, and such without a written consent therefrom.
By virtue of a decree-law issued upon the proposal of the Minister of
Labour and Social Affairs and the consent of the Cabinet, the minimum
wage and cost of living index shall be determined either in general or
for a particular area or a particular profession.
The Minister shall submit his proposal to determine or reconsider the
minimum wages upon the consultation of the competent authorities and
the professional entities of the employers and workers, if any, and
based on the studies and tables of fluctuation of the cost of living
set by the competent authorities in the State, in view of ensuring
that the minimum limits are sufficient to fulfil the basic
requirements of the workers and guarantee the livelihood thereof.
The minimum wages or adjustments thereon shall enter into effect as of
the date of publication of the determining decree thereof in the
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