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2022, The Year of the New UAE Labour Law

The Dubai Global Economical Centre (the DIFC) has pioneered variations to the work legislation by introducing principles such as anti-discrimination, secondments, and DEWS.  In tandem with the new DIFC modernization, there has been a radical overhaul of the Federal Legislation No.8 of 1980 by the introduction of the Federal Decree Law No.33 of 2021 (the New Regulation) efficient as of 2 February 2022 (the Effective Date). The New Legislation seeks to produce work practices to make certain that the UAE is in line with international standard for workforce. Crucial adjustments that the New Legislation will apply are deemed down below.

Set Expression Contracts

The New UAE Labour Regulation alters the type of work contracts entered into. Under the recent regulation, personnel can enter into possibly limited or limitless work contracts. As of the Effective Date, endless time period employment contracts shall cease to exist and all workers shall enter into fixed expression employment contracts. The New Law defines fixed expression deal as a single not exceeding three several years, with the capacity for it to be renewed on comparable or lesser period. Similarly, in line with the latest regulation, should the contract not be renewed on its expiry, the events will go on to run as though the deal is nonetheless in influence under the similar terms and disorders. Importantly, the New Regulation stipulates that unlimited time period employment contracts can be converted into mounted time period work contracts inside of just one yr from the Productive Day, e.g. 1 February 2023.

Adaptable Doing the job Preparations

In mild of Covid-19, lots of organizations introduced alternate working preparations which had been not expressly dealt with in just the legislation. The New Regulation expressly introduces new working arrangements by including provisions for aspect-time, short-term and flexible doing work arrangements. The New Law acknowledges that staff members may well operate remotely, whether inside or outside the house of the UAE, giving that the employee has acquired the employer’s consent. It will be intriguing to see how, if at all, this affects conclusion of services entitlements.


Below the New Regulation, an employment agreement can be terminated for a legit motive, delivered that published observe is delivered.  The New Regulation presents that created recognize need to be issued and the statutory minimum amount is 30 days’ and greatest is 90 days’ detect. Though the term “legitimate reason” has not been outlined inside of the New Legislation, it does now recognise the idea of redundancy with the exception that there are business reasons for the redundancy. Importantly, end of company entitlements shall be payable to an employee even if they are summarily dismissed.

The New Regulation offers the conditions for which an employee’s termination may possibly be deemed as staying illegal. If productive, the Labour Courts may well order an employer to spend up to a few months’ wage as compensation together with the statutory entitlements. It is unclear how the Labour Courts will think about a claim for unlawful termination which falls out with the new conditions.

Conclude of Assistance Gratuity

Below the New Uae Labour Regulation 2022, there is no provision for stop of service gratuity reductions in the event that an worker resigns following 1 year of continual services. Termination with out notice, regardless of the cause for termination, shall not effects the employee’s close of service entitlement.

In addition, end of service shall now be calculated centered on doing work days as opposed to calendar days.

Discrimination & Sexual Harassment

The New Law introduces provisions to combat discrimination and defend employees in opposition to inequality of treatment primarily based on qualities which consist of race, gender, faith, countrywide origin, ethnic origin or incapacity. The New Law also supplies for security against sexual harassment, bullying and any sort of abuse (verbal, actual physical or psychological). There are no precise penalties underneath the New Legislation in the party an employer is observed to have contravened this provision. Having said that, employers could be liable to fines among AED 5,000 to AED 1,000,000 for contraventions of the New Legislation.

Maternity & Parental Go away

The New Law presents 60 calendar days’ maternity go away paid as follows: the initial 45 times at whole fork out and the remaining 15 days at 50 percent pay out. Moreover, the place the worker delivers a little one who is ill or a kid with particular needs, and whose overall health ailment requires constant aid, the female staff shall be entitled to an additional 30 days depart at full shell out which shall start at the expiry of maternity leave.

Parental Depart stays in the New Legislation whereby each male and woman personnel acquire 5 times go away, to be taken within 6 months of the child’s beginning.

Salaries in any Currency

The New Legislation introduces the capability for businesses to have the adaptability to pay salaries in any forex denomination. The present legislation supplies that an employee’s wage must be paid in Arab Emirates Dirhams and into a UAE lender account. On the other hand, the mechanics of how employers decide to pay out their workforce in international currencies is nonetheless to be decided, provided that wage payments are manufactured by the Wage Safety Technique.


The New Legislation introduces a variety of measures aimed to modernise the UAE Labour Regulation. Companies and employees should really take into consideration the effects that these modifications will have to their contracts, handbooks and procedures.  We can assist each employers and personnel to ensure compliance with the new rules.

For even more data in relation to the new Labour Regulation, remember to get in touch with Joanna Stewart ([email protected])

December 2021