Abu Dhabi: As workers’ rights become an increasingly important topic among UAE residents, so does the need to make sure that they are not cheated of their dues.
This is why the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department (ADJD) has announced the launch of online and smartphone services that aim to keep employees aware of their legal rights and any outstanding remuneration they might be owed.
“The ‘My Dues’ website and smart device application allows private sector employees to calculate how much money they are entitled to get, by law, if they meet all the standards and criteria required. Upon accessing that section of the website and agreeing to the terms, they must enter certain fields asking about the basic and overall salary, how many hours were worked overtime and so on. Based on these, the system calculates how much is owed to the person, provided that he or she is able to provide documentation for the stated information,” said Asma Al Suwaidi, lawyer at the ADJD.
A copy of the labour law is also available on the same page in Arabic and English, in addition to a Google-Translate link that enables users to read the law in around 66 languages.
Other services such as looking up the status and changes in a certain case can also be accessed through the website and the mobile application. Different requests such as postponing and advancing hearings, among others, can also be made using the ADJD’s electronic services.
“The mobile application allows users to identify the closest courts to them using Google maps. Public information available for everyone through the application includes a fee simulator which enables individuals to find out how much a certain legal procedure will cost them so that their lawyer does not ask for more than that when asking for court fees,” said Annahu Al Ameri, head of the analysis, development and programming department at the ADJD.
Officials also revealed that for safety, a sensor that counts the number of individuals entering and leaving the ADJD’s different gates reveals the department’s peak hours so that extra staff can be sent to different sections. “It also enables us to perform an accurate head count in case of a fire or a different emergency,” Asma said.