WPS is A Mandatory Requirement For DMCC Companies
Sep 25, 2023 / Haroon Juma / HR & Payroll Blogs
As of 15 February 2023, Dubai Multi Commodities Center (DMCC) issued notice on the implementation of the Wage Protection System (WPS) system for the companies registered under the Free Zone. Authorities will not fine for non-compliance in 2023; however, beginning January 2024, it will be mandatory for all entities in DMCC to register for the WPS.
DMCC’s adoption of WPS intends to foster a transparent labour ecosystem, promote fair and ethical business practices, and safeguard the interest of the workers by ensuring timely payment of wages.
WPS registration is currently mandated to private sector under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE). In recent years, Free Zones authorities started to recognise the importance of integrating the WPS and have proactively implemented the procedure. Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) is first and DMCC is the latest entrant under the WPS framework.
What is WPS?
Introduced in July 2009, WPS is a mandatory legal requirement requiring electronic salary transfer system to pay worker’s wages via banks, bureau de change, or any other registered financial institution.
The system developed by the Central Bank of the UAE allows MOHRE to create a database that records wage payments in the private sector to guarantee that employers fulfil their obligations in paying employee salaries timely and in full.
DMCC WPS Registration
DMCC companies are obliged to register all their employees holding an active and expired employment visa or Permanent Identity Card (PIC) for the salary transfer with a bank/ exchange house through the DMCC portal, following the below steps:
I. Log in to DMCC portal and update recent salary of all the employees;
II. Go to “My Reports” and download the WPS salary-current month report;
III. Set-up monthly salary payments through UAE bank or an exchange house;
IV. Prepare Salary Information File (SIF) using the template provided by your bank or exchange house*
*Employer and employee code to be used in SIF will be available in the WPS salary report-current month downloaded from DMCC portal.
Once SIF is created and confirmed by bank or exchange house, registration is complete and DMCC notification or upload of any documents in the DMCC portal is no longer needed.
For employees who have not yet opened a bank account, they can receive their monthly payroll in cash at the counter of any authorised exchange house.
Shareholders are not obliged to register for salary transfer, but they have the option to be added in the WPS.
New employees must also be registered for salary transfer in the following cases:
1. Immediately after the Company Employment Card (CEC) is issued.
2. Immediately after the Permanent Identity Card (PIC) is issued.
What are the Consequences of Non-Compliance?
Starting January 2024, if a member company fails to transfer their employees’ due salaries as per the employment contract, DMCC may implement sanctions such as suspension of work permit issuance and financial penalties which will be deducted from the company’s portal account for non-compliance.
Therefore, it is important for companies operating in the DMCC to register and implement the system at the earliest to avoid any potential consequences.
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