UAE: New Labour Regulations Approved

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UAE: New Labour Regulations Approved

Gulf News (United Arab Emirates), 15 November 2021: The UAE’s Human Resources and Emiratisation Ministry has announced it has approved new Labour Regulations.

They will come into force in February next year.

Federal Decree-Law No. 33/2021 contains provisions on different work categories, including flexible work, part-time, freelance and condensed working hours.

The aim is to keep up with market changes and provide more protections to employees against bullying, harassment and unlawful seizures of documents.

It states the unlawful seizure of official documents of employees is banned. The regulations also protect employees from being forced by employers to leave the country at the end of an employment tenure, except as required by law. This allows the worker to move from one business to another.

In addition, it specifies the probation period for an employee must not exceed six months in line with the conditions and procedures as determined by the Implementing Regulations to the Law. Labour cases are exempt from judicial fees at all litigation stages as well.

The rights of both parties to a contract in a balanced way are also guaranteed and parties are provided with protection so as they can access and claim their rights.

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Benjamin Filaferro