1. Requirement for foreign employees to work Every employee must be registered with the Ministry of Labour or the free zone authority depending on where the employer is established. Government owned entities are only registered with the Department of Immigration but depending on how they are established, they are still subject to the jurisdiction of […]
There is no legally recognised form of employee representation in the UAE, except for the collective labour disputes provisions of the Labour Law, outlined in Employers Associations and Trade Unions in UAE.
There are no automatic transfer rights of employees from one employer to another (whether pursuant to the sale of a business or part of a business as a going concern or the movement of a service contract pursuant to a retendering or a service provision change), either in the UAE or DIFC. Because of the […]
The UAE Penal Code (Law No. 3 of 1987, as amended) makes it a criminal offence for anyone to found, join or participate in a Trade Union or to participate in a labour strike. In 2013 hundreds of construction workers were deported from the UAE because of conducting an illegal strike. However, the UAE Labour […]
1. Minimum requirements Employees based ‘onshore’ in the UAE (i.e. not it a free zone) are required to enter into a prescribed form, dual-language employment contract that is registered with the Ministry of Labour. It deals with basic entitlements such as salary and allowances and holiday, and specifies whether the employment is for a fixed […]
1. Legal framework, state pensions and social security schemes There is no applicable social security legislation for expatriate employees. However, UAE and other GCC nationals are entitled to participate in state pension and social security schemes. Upon commencement of employment, an employer should register the employment of UAE nationals (or that of other GCC nationalities […]
1. Individual dismissals and severance payment The UAE Labour Law does not set out a list of reasons permitting an employer to terminate an employee’s employment. An employer is therefore able to terminate employment on notice; the minimum being 30 days’ written notice. On termination an employee (whether in the DIFC or in the rest […]
1. Minimum working conditions Under the Labour Law, employees are entitled to at least a 1 hour break once every five hours. Employers are obliged to provide warnings, protective equipment and training on the specific health and safety dangers applicable at their work premises. Employers are obliged to maintain workplaces with adequate lighting, drinking water, […]