The employment sector in the UAE is changing drastically ..! Be aware of the changes and move with the change.!!
The new labour law will come into force on February 2 in the UAE with major reforms to protect the rights of private sector employees. The new reforms are aimed at strengthening the labour market after Covid-19 and attracting talents from around the world to the labour market offered by the UAE. The UAE government hopes that the new reforms will create a better working environment.
The law, which seeks to attract a wide range of talents to the labour market through reforms such as new work models and innovative gratuity schemes, will come into force with the approval of the Cabinet-approved Executive Regulation. Let’s check out the latest updates.
Employees can choose part-time jobs in addition to their main job
The new labour law allows employees to take on part-time jobs in addition to their full-time jobs, without seeking the employer’s
permission. All they need is a temporary work permit and make sure not to work more than 144 hours every three weeks.
2.There will be innovative gratuity schemes
Companies and entrepreneurs can adopt different gratuity schemes to attract talent and increase their competitiveness in the job market.
- Employees can opt for non-full time jobs
When their rights are guaranteed in contractual agreements with employers, employees can work on a project or hourly basis under different work models, including flexible, temporary or part-time.
- Employees can easily change jobs
The new law prohibits employers from withholding official documents and forcing them to leave the country after termination of employment. Instead of that, employees will be allowed to stay in the country and move to another job.
- There will be only limited contracts
Unlimited contracts will no longer be allowed in the UAE labour market. From February 2, 2023, contracts for more than three years will not be allowed. Contracts can be renewed as per the agreement between the two parties.
- There will be a minimum wage
The new law guarantees a minimum wage for private sector employees. Previously, the UAE labour law did not stipulate a minimum wage beyond the broad requirement that wages meet the basic needs of employees. The rights of low-wage, low-skilled workers will be protected by setting a minimum wage for employers.
- Parents and postgraduate students will get more leave
Private sector mothers will receive 45 days’ full pay and half paid maternity leave for the next 15 days. Fathers are entitled to five days’ paternity leave, which can be taken intermittently or continuously for up to six months after the birth of the child. Part-time postgraduate students are entitled to 10 days leave per year.
- Women will be given equal pay
The employer is liable under the terms and conditions of the appointment process on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, social origin or disability. All provisions governing the employment of workers apply without discrimination to working women, with an emphasis on giving women equal pay for men doing the same work.
- 15 year olds can work part time
The law allows teens under the age of 15 to work part-time for no more than six hours a day, after obtaining written consent from their parents and a medical fitness report.
- Workers are exempt from judicial fees
Employees who wish to file a dispute case worth more than AED 100,000 will be exempted from court fees from the outset until the death penalty.