Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Virtual labour courts to help protect employees in the UAE digitally

The Emirates with its tech-savvy lifestyle, spectacular cities and robust digital infrastructure for the future, has attracted expats from across the globe as well as entrepreneurs, thanks to growing opportunities. To capitalise on the work-from-home trend, its capability to provide a connected ecosystem and reputation as a safe space during the pandemic, UAE has also rolled out remote working visas.

Platforms which are helping people sharpen their skills for a competitive job market, and apps that are allowing freelancers as well as full time workers to find more work are also available in the Emirates. In order to introduce an added layer of convenience and security for young professionals in country, authorities have launched a virtual court, specifically meant to address labour disputes.

The e-court empowered by a live broadcast mechanism and world-class cybersecurity, has been developed to cover companies operating in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, and their employees. Judges can conduct the entire litigation process, and deliver verdicts through an electronic link, at the virtual courthouse equipped with all tools for a swift legal process.

The current collab between the Dubai courts and the free zone, can ultimately help 130,000 professionals employed at 8500 firms.

Apart from these initiatives aimed at benefiting workers, other apps have also been launched to increase financial knowhow among blue collar employees in the UAE. Platforms are also encouraging them to learn new languages and skills, by rewarding expats with credit to connect with families.

As for those who are out of work after the pandemic, portals are available where they can get insights from industry leaders, and even find a mentor in their field.

Coming back to the legal system, setting up businesses and registration of marriages has also gone digital thanks to virtual platforms in the UAE. Video calling has even enabled inmates to stay in touch with loved ones from time to time, to make it easier for them to integrate into society.

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