Recruitment in the UAE is regulated by Federal Law No. 8/1980 Concerning the Regulation of Labour Relations, which governs the employee-employer relationship in the UAE.
Prior to beginning recruitment, there are certain formalities employers need to complete, the principal one being that of obtaining a Labour Establishment Card.
There are further legal requirements to be fulfilled by employers when hiring new employees, such as the offer letter and employment contract.
A work permit is required in order to bring a foreign employee in and to apply for residency in the country. Recruitment formalities are different for hiring foreign worker compared with hiring national workers, as Emiratisation requirements must be met.
While recruitment checks are a standard practice, there are particular concerns to consider when conducting these checks in the UAE, notably regarding the handling of employee information.
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