Did you know that domestic workers who are more than 60 years of age can now continue working in the UAE? That’s right! You don’t have to worry now if you are reaching the supposed retirement age because as long as you meet the standard requirements, you can still work and provide financial help to your family who is in a different country.
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The normal retirement age is 60 years and with the new update by UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation, those who are past the retirement age but still want to continue working, can renew their residence visas and still be employed.
UAE LABOUR: Domestic Workers Above 60 Years Old (Retirement Age) Can Renew Work Visa and Continue to Work
If you are an employee working in your home country, it’s likely that you will retire at the age of 60 years or older. There are companies that follow this standard for many reasons. First, those employers don’t want to hire employees who can only slow down their productivity and efficiency. Second, those companies believe that they can be more profitable with the help of younger generations.
This is really sad to imagine after all the years you’ve worked hard for a particular employer. You really can’t do anything about it. But, in the UAE, this is not the case. Here’s the information you should know if you are a domestic worker who is more than 60 years old.
This is your chance to prove that you are still capable of working despite your age. To protect your rights and privileges, make sure to follow through this article.
What does the MOHRE say about domestic workers who are over 60 years?
According to a statement by the Ministry of Human Resource and Emiratisation (MOHRE) said, a domestic worker who is more than 60 years old can keep on working in the UAE if he/she meets the following standards:
- The domestic worker should be physically fit according to the medical certificate issued to him/her by the government authorities of the UAE.
- The government authorities must approve the continuation of his/her employment in the country.
- The medical costs must be paid by his/her employer.
MOHRE additionally said that this provision is only applicable to domestic workers who are currently hired in the UAE. Also, their contracts should have expired for not more than 3 months before they qualify. If this is not met, the domestic worker will not be able to continue his/her employment in the UAE.
It is important to note that these conditions should be met for your employment. If any of these are not available, you won’t be fit to continue working in the country.
What’s the purpose of this new rule?
The main purpose of applying this law is to give families and employers in the UAE the chance to keep their domestic workers for a longer period of time. So long as the employers think that the work is not affected by the age of the worker, then they can continue to employ their helpers. The workers must also comply with the requirements.
Also, keep in mind that these are not applicable to other workers or sailors who need special approval for MOHRE. If you think you need to talk about this with the ministry, do not hesitate to contact them for clarification.
Who are domestic helpers in UAE?
The government of the UAE website provided a standard meaning of who the domestic helpers are. The domestic helpers’ law of UAE only applies to expats who have the following occupations:
- private sailor
- watchman and security guard
- household shepherd
- family chauffeur
- parking valet workers
- household horse groomer
- household falcon care-taker and trainer
- domestic laborer
- private coach
- private teacher
- private PRO
- household farmer
- private nurse
- private agriculture engineer
This is such great news for employees who want to continue their employment in the UAE. If you think you qualify or you have families and relatives in the UAE whom you think will benefit from this new rule, don’t forget to share this with them.