Emirati employer who hired 43 relatives tried to scam Emiratisation system

An Emirati employer could be liable for a fine of up to Dh4.3 million for dishonestly hiring 43 family members to work at their company.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) is taking action against the person for “faking Emiratisation” numbers in order to hit government-set targets.

While it is not against the rules to hire family members, the ministry will take action against anyone employing relatives for fake positions, or roles with no real work, in order to hit quotas.

“The support and benefits are aimed at achieving real Emiratisation rates, and therefore they should not accept any fake jobs that make them partners in the violation of the relevant legislation and laws, therefore, depriving them from the privileges of the Nafis program,” MoHRE said in an emailed statement. “Violation will lead to penalties including suspension of support and refund of disbursed support as part of the initiative.”

The Nafis scheme was set up to support the government’s push to ensure citizens make up a tenth of the private sector in the next four years.

Trying to circumvent the rules will result in a Dh100,000 fine per falsely hired Emirati if proven by the ministry. The Ministry then refers the offender to Public Prosecution for legal action.


The National

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