Article 3 of Ministerial Resolution No. 279 of 2020 stipulates the following : “Enterprises affected by the aforementioned (Covid-19) precautionary measures that have a surplus of non-national employees who are authorized to work for them must register their data in the virtual labor market.
A system to enable their rotation according to the needs of other establishments, provided that their obligations towards these employees remain the same in terms of housing and the fulfillment of all their dues (excluding wages) until they leave the country or are authorized to work for another facility. "
Based on the provisions of the law mentioned above, the employer is obligated to pay your housing allowance and other allowances except for your basic salary until you find a new job in the UAE or until you leave the country. However, the provisions of the law mentioned above also state that the employer may only pay the housing allowance until you leave the UAE.
Since you and the employer have signed an agreement to pay the housing allowance by the employer up to a specified period, the employer may be obligated to pay you the housing allowance. In the event that the employer fails to fulfill this obligation, you can contact the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and file a complaint against the employer.
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Employees who have been fired due to Covid-19 precautionary measures are entitled to receive all their allowances except for wages until they leave the UAE or are allowed to work for another organization.