Mission - “Organise the labour market to strengthen the participation of the emirates in the labor force, realize the protection and flexibility in the labour market, and attract skilled workers through a comprehensive system of policies and regulations, enforcement, institutional partnerships and effective service delivery” Ministry of Labour.
The UAE labor law covers employer-employee relationships and as a general rule is governed by the Labor Law of 1980. This is composed of 193 Articles (a full list of the UAE labour law can be found here). As it’s a federal enactment, the UAE labour law applies throughout the UAE. For a detailed guide on law within the UAE we recommend that you consult Essam Tamimi’s guide.
Most employees based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have questions relating to specific areas of the labour law.We have found the most common questions for outsourcing agencies and outsourced employees in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are:
- Probation period
- Basic + Allowances
- Gratuity and end of service benefits
- Sick Leave
- Annual Leave
- Maternity Leave
- Air Fare
- Medical Insurance in Abu Dhabi and the differences compared with Dubai
- Family Benefits
- Limited Contract
- Unlimited Contract
- Labour Bans
In forthcoming articles we will be looking at these areas of the UAE Labor Law.
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