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FAHR Newsletter

UAE Cabinet Endorses HR Rules & Regulations for Independent Federal Institutions

Tuesday July 16, 2013

The Human Resource Rules & Regulations for independent federal entities has been adopted by the Council of Ministers as per its Resolution No. 15 of 2013, and is published in the Official Gazette No. 551.

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) issued a circular addressed to all federal independent entities, to take necessary action towards putting the legislation into effect after ninety days from the day following its publication in the Official Gazette, along with the electronic copy of the Regulations published via the Authority website: www.fahr.gov.ae.

The Authority announced that it is set to release the Regulations through a formal ceremony to be held in due course, followed by several training workshops for all beneficiaries amounting to 30 federal entities, to help them implement the Regulations, urging those concerned parties to nominate their representatives to attend the workshops.

The new Regulations consists of 156 articles and is applicable to all civil servants working in federal bodies that are not subject to the provisions of the Government Human Resources Law, and who get paid from the budget approved for those entities and any similar entities to be created in the  future.

In this regard, His Excellency Humaid Mohammed Al Qatami, Minister of Education and Chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources said the Human Resource Rules & Regulations of independent federal entities comes within the framework of efforts being exerted to unify the principles and systems of human resource function in the Federal Government sector, as well as work out priorities for joint action by all sides.

The Minister pointed out that the development of the project came in response to the directives of the Council of Ministers in this regard, as an urgent need and pioneering initiative that aims to standardize human resource concepts and frameworks at the Federal Government level.

For his part, His Excellency Dr. Abdulrahman Al Awar, Director General of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources explained that these Regulations are yet another building block in the administrative work system, the Federal Government is seeking to establish, besides its important role in achieving the initiative of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, relating to the Smart Government. He noted that all of the Federal Government employees in various positions are now engaged under an administrative system which is consistent with the general framework of legislation governing the work of human resources, making it easier to effectively activate the initiative for both the employees or recipients of public services.

Mrs. Aisha Al Suwaidi, Acting Executive Director of Human Resource Policies confirmed that the human resource Rules & Regulations for independent entities do not interfere in any way with the autonomy of those bodies; as the Regulations allow a margin of flexibility whereby they can achieve their objectives.

She said: “These Regulations have been developed because there are   some independent bodies without legislation governing the work of human resources, which hinders the work of human resource departments; so the Regulations will form standard reference to enable the employees and human resource department to be aware of their rights and duties in advance.

"Such Regulations would contribute to the implementation of an important aspect of the Federal Government Strategy, from which the strategy of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources and independent entities emanates, all of which are focused on nurturing human element."

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources had circulated earlier the draft Regulations to all independent federal bodies for review and providing the Authority with necessary feedback and suggestions in accordance with the directives of the Council of Ministers in this regard.

30 Entities Benefit from the Regulations

The thirty independent federal authorities taking advantage of the new Human Resource Rules & Regulations include: the General Authority for Civil Aviation, Emirates Real Estate, Federal Authority for Electricity and Water, Sheikh Zayed Housing Program, Institute of Training and Judicial Studies, General Authority for Pensions and Social Security, Federal Customs Authority, National Council of Tourism and Antiquities, Insurance Authority, National Bureau of Statistics, Zakat Fund, Marriage Fund, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare, General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Endowments, National Media Council, National Human Resource Development and Employment Authority, National Authority for Qualifications, National Transport Authority, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology, Office of the Minister of State "Reem al-Hashemi," Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority, Emirates Post Group Holding, Emirates Petroleum, Red Crescent Authority, Zayed University, UAE University, Higher Colleges of Technology, Emirates Identity Authority, General Authority for Regulating the Telecommunication Sector, and Emirates Foundation for Transport & Services.

Please see the following link for the full text of the Regulations:

http://www.fahr.gov.ae/Portal/Userfiles/Assets/Documents/eac73312.pdf

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