Time for medium businesses in Dubai to protect their employees
Remember when we announced the future changes to Dubai’s visa requirements? The time has come for medium sized businesses with staff in Dubai to pay attention.
According to the new rules, companies with over 1000 staff in the emirate should already have purchased employee health plans, and now businesses with between 100 and 999 staff must comply before July 31st.
Dubai’s mandatory insurance program came into effect in February 2014 and its aim is to give universal access to healthcare systems to workers. The overall objective is to create a healthier, safer Dubai for expatriates, locals and visitors to the emirate. The new laws are a positive development for professionals on international assignments in the Emirate and for expats moving there more permanently because they force employers to take an interest in staff well being.
What’s the worst that could happen?
Failure to comply can lead to fines of between Dh500 and Dh150, 000, and Dh500, 000 for repeat offences.
Perhaps more worrying is the fact that employees without the necessary level of protection will be denied a visa when the time comes for renewal, and new staff arriving in Dubai will not be allowed to enter.
The health insurance legislation has been tied in to visa requirements to help enforcement.
I’m a professional working in Dubai and I want my family to live here. What do I do?
Your employer will not be responsible for providing health insurance to your whole family. Read our guide to the new rules for parents and those with dependents in Dubai.
I’m a HR Executive with a workforce in Dubai. How can I protect my staff?
Contact the advisors at Health Insurance Dubai today to request a quote for Dubai based on your needs.