i) Imminent Decree: A new decree is expected to be published, which will benefit government employees in the emirate of Abu Dhabi. The new decree is expected to increase maternity leave by one month to provide for three months’ leave at full pay, increase paternity leave to three days and entitle female employees nursing their babies to two hours of additional break each day for a period of one year from the birth of their child. The new decree is also expected to provide for enhanced rights for people with disabilities.
ii) Wage Protection System: Ministerial Decree No. 739 of 2016 with regards to the UAE Wage Protection System is now being implemented by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation and is considered to be in force as of 3 October 2016. Employers should ensure that they do not fall afoul of the new provisions (see http://knowledge.leglobal.org/saudi-arabia-implements-labour-law-amendments/).