The new decree deals with both recruitment and termination of UAE nationals.
With respect to recruitment, the decree provides for UAE national employees to be employed on a two-year employment contract (which may be renewed by mutual agreement) and for the MoHRE to make available to the UAE national training programmes relevant to his or her role and in line with market requirements. The MoHRE is also obliged to update the General Pension and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) with the employee’s current employment status.
The decree also provides for the MoHRE to monitor the employment of UAE nationals, ensuring the working environment is appropriate, adequate equipment and resource are provided to the employee and the employee continues to be properly registered for social security benefits. It also provides for the MoHRE to take a potentially more active role in resolving any work place disputes.
With respect to termination, the decree sets out various rules and procedures pertaining to termination of UAE nationals, including the basis on which such employees may have their employment relationship terminated, what is expected from both employers and employees and the potential consequences for breaching such obligations, which include financial and administrative penalties.