Recent news

Latest items of recent news relevant to United Arab Emirates as reported in our fortnightly newswire ‘Dernières nouvelles’.

UAE: Emiratisation target deadline

In companies with 50+ employees, fines for failure to achieve the 2% Emiratisation target for all skilled jobs will come into force on 1st January 2023 …

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UAE: New approach to mental health in the workplace

The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) and the Ministry of Community Development (MoCD) has just published a workplace mental health guide …

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UAE: One-year employment ban due to abscondence

Absence without leave, or absconding, by a foreign worker is now subject to a one year re-employment ban …

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UAE: Entitlement to sickness absence and sickpay

According to Article 31 of the new labour law, after the end of their probationary period, a worker may be entitled to sick leave of not more than 90 continuous or intermittent days per year …

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UAE: Requirements for mandatory offer letters

In the UAE, an employer must issue an offer letter to its prospective employee prior to recruiting him or her …

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UAE: How many public holidays are left in 2022?

As of today, UAE residents are left with three more holidays – all of which fall in three consecutive days from December 1st to 3rd inclusive …

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UAE: Workers must opt-in for unemployment insurance from 2023, costs revealed

Private sector employees (with some exceptions) must subscribe to the new unemployment insurance scheme from 1st January 2023 …

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UAE: Unemployment insurance scheme comes into force

Emiratis and foreigners who are residents who lose their jobs are now covered by a new unemployment insurance scheme …

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UAE: Amendment to decree-law regulating the employment relationship

Under the new amendments, employment contracts must cover a defined term – which can be renewed, subject to an agreement by both parties to the contractual relationship …

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UAE: Study leave

Employees are entitled to paid leave of up to 10 days to undertake written examinations …

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UAE: Part-time work

The new labour law allows residents to take up part-time work in addition to their main jobs without the primary employer’s approval …

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UAE: New resolution issued on bank guarantee, insurance policy for employees

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has issued a new resolution on worker financial viability in the private sector …

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UAE: Government employees offered year paid leave to start businesses

Government-employed citizens will now be able to take up to a year’s leave to start, or manage, their own businesses in the private sector …

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UAE: Travel exit ban

Expatriates, or even business visitors, could find that they have a travel exit ban imposed upon them …

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UAE: Ministry announces amended penalties for firms that don’t pay salaries on time

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has announced amended penalties for firms which don’t pay salaries on time …

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