During their visit to Edinburgh Castle on February 13, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry took the time to greet and talk with onlookers who had waited to meet the royal couple as they continue their pre-wedding tour.
In September 2017, H. H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the President of the UAE approved Federal Law No. 10 of 2017 on support service workers. The law, also known as Domestic Labour Law offers protection to workers.
Prior to this law, the matters of domestic workers were under the purview of Ministry of Interior. However, now they are under the purview of Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
Who are domestic workers?
The domestic law applies to the following 19 service work occupations:
watchman and security guard
parking valet workers
household horse groomer
household falcon care-taker and trainer
private agriculture engineer
Areas of the domestic labour law
The 41 article-law establishes the principle of informed consent, ensuring that workers are aware of the terms of the contract, nature of work, the workplace, the remuneration and the period of daily and weekly rest as set out by the executive regulations and before they cross their national borders.
It includes provisions on tariffs, recruitment and employment offices, labour contracts, employer and employee obligations, inspection, penalties, holidays, end of service indemnity, termination of contract and settlement of disputes. The law regulates four key areas in the protection of domestic workers:
rights and privileges
Regulation of contracts
The recruitment agency must present a copy of the job offer to the worker prior to the worker’s departure from his country of origin. A standard contract accredited by Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) will govern the terms and conditions of the employment.
Either employer or domestic worker may terminate the contract if the other party fails to meet his obligations. The employer or worker may terminate the contract even if the other party has met his obligations. This is called a ‘no-fault’ termination and it is subject to compensation as outlined in the Domestic Labour Law.
Entitlements of the domestic workers
As per the draft Domestic Labour Law, domestic workers are entitled to:
payment of wages, as set out in the standard contract, within 10 days from the day they are due
1 day of paid rest per week
12 hours of rest per day, including 8 hours consecutive rest
30 days paid vacation per year
medical insurance provided by the employer
30 days medical leave per year
a round trip ticket home every 2 years
a decent accommodation
decent meals at the employer’s expense
attire suitable for the job to be carried out, at the employer’s expense
possession of their personal identification papers such as passports, IDs, etc.
either the employer or the worker can refer a dispute to Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. The ministry will attempt to resolve the dispute amicably within a period of two weeks. If it is not resolution within two weeks, then the matter will be referred to a court.
cases filed by workers are exempt from court fees at all stages of litigation and must be heard in a speedy and prompt manner.
The draft Domestic Labour Law prohibits the following:
the employment of anyone under the age 18
discrimination on the basis of race, colour, gender, religion and political opinion
sexual harassment, whether verbal or physical
forced labour or trafficking in accordance with national law and ratified international conventions
exposure to physical harm
assignment of tasks that are not covered under the contract.
Regulation of recruitment agencies
Only UAE-registered natural or legal persons with good standing may recruit domestic workers into the UAE. An agency may not, on its own or through a third party, solicit or accept from any worker, whether prior to or after employment, any form of commission in exchange for employment.
In the event of early termination, the agency must repatriate the worker at its expense and either offer the employer an acceptable substitute worker or return to the employer the fee they had paid.
The agency must at all times treat the worker decently and refrain from exposing him/her to any form of violence.
Shaniah Rollo was born and raised in Santa Cruz, Laguna but moved with her parents in Dublin, Ireland two years ago.
Shaniah is the youngest children of Joy and Narz Rollo of Pio Duran, Albay. She has two older siblings Mia Kyarra, 26, is also a singer and Gian, 23, is a guitar and keyboard player.
In 2016, Shaniah and her parents arrived in Ireland, looking for a greener pasture but leaving behind Mia and Gian in the Philippines.
Before her performance, Van Outen asked the young girl if she wins, what she will do with the prize money, €50,000 prize (P3.26 million pesos). Shaniah revealed that she will use the money for her siblings to go in Ireland. “I really missed them so much, I want them to be here, so that we can be a whole family again,” Shaniah said.