UAE introduced new labour law regulating from Feb 2022

On 15 November (Monday), Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Awar, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, announced the new law during a media briefing in Dubai on Monday, Federal Decree-Law No 33 of 2021 regarding the regulation of labour relations. The Federal Decree-Law no. 33 of 2021 concerning the regulation of labour relations will be implemented on February 2, 2022. With this new legal provision, labour relationships in the country are expected to become better.

What the law will entail?

It is the greatest amendment of its kind since the law’s establishment. The law demands the prohibition of unlawful seizure of official documents of the workers. It also protects workers from being forced by employers to leave the country at the end of an employment tenure, except as required by the law, and allows the worker to move from one business establishment to another. It aims to improve the flexibility and sustainability of labour.

Protection against harassment

The new law will support different work categories such as flexible working hours, part-time, freelance, and condensed working hours. It offers more protection to employees against unlawful seizure of documents, harassment, bullying.

Improves creativity in labour

Al Awar stressed that the law aims to enhance the flexibility and sustainability of the labour market in the country, as well as guarantee the protection of workers. He said the new decree-law has created an advanced mechanism that will enhance ease of business, promote competitiveness and productivity of the labour market.

Ordeal must not exceed 6 months

The decree-law has specified that the probation period for an employee must not exceed six months in accordance with the conditions and procedures as cleared by the executive regulations. The decree-law also exempts labour cases from judicial fees at all stages of litigation.Β 

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