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UAE’s Unemployment Insurance Scheme kicks off on January 1

UAE’s Unemployment Insurance Scheme kicks off on January 1

Subscription fees depend on the employee’s basic salary and can be paid monthly, quarterly, once every six months, or annually

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UAE's Unemployment Insurance Scheme kicks off on January 1

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has announced that subscription to the Unemployment Insurance Scheme will open on January 1, 2023, calling on UAE nationals and residents who work in the federal government and private sector to subscribe.

The Insurance Pool, which is represented by Dubai Insurance, is responsible for providing the insurance service.

The pool offers seven subscription channels: the website www.iloe.ae, the smart app “iloe”, kiosk machines, certain service centres, Al Ansari Exchange, bank ATMs, and applications, as well as telecommunication bills.

Based on the Federal Decree-Law No 13 of 2022, the Unemployment Insurance Scheme aims to create a low-cost job safety net that supports employees at no cost to employers.

Anyone who loses their job as a result of a termination of services (except for disciplinary reasons or resignation) is entitled to a maximum three-month cash compensation.

The subscription fees depend on the employee’s basic salary. The first category is those with a basic salary of Dhs16,000 or less; their subscription fee is Dhs5 per month (Dhs60 annually), whereas, the second category is those with a basic salary exceeding Dhs16,000; their subscription fee is Dhs10 per month (Dhs120 annually).

The first category is eligible for a monthly cash compensation reaching up to Dhs10,000, while the maximum monthly cash compensation for the second category is Dhs20,000.

The insurance fees can be paid monthly, quarterly, once every six months, or annually. The insurance compensation is calculated at a rate of 60 percent of the employee’s basic salary in the last six months prior to his or her unemployment.

The compensation should be paid within two weeks from the date the claim is submitted. The insured can submit the claim through various claim channels, including the website,
smart app iloe, or the call centre of the insurance pool.

The insured must be subscribed for at least 12 consecutive months to be eligible for cash compensation. However, they would lose the right to claim compensation should they leave the country or take up a new job.

Investors – owners of establishments in which they work, domestic workers, temporary contract workers, juveniles under 18 years, and retirees who receive a pension and joined a new job are not eligible to subscribe to the insurance scheme.

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