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COVID-19: DIFC emergency employment law introduced
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 27 May 2020

Employers have been given scope to restructure contracts with their employees to adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic under a temporary new emergency law introduced in the Dubai International Financial Centre. Under the new legislation, employers can unilaterally decide to reduce employee working hours and remuneration on a temporary basis and make further changes to work practices and employee benefits.

COVID-19: support for private sector employers
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 15 April 2020

Authorities in the United Arab Emirates have published new guidance and legislation to support private sector employers against the unprecedented backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. This article examines two resolutions which cover redundancy restructuring and remote working and come at a time when guidance and clarity is more important than ever.

Pensions: what you need to know
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 04 March 2020

This article answers key questions relating to pensions, such as whether employees commonly participate in private pension schemes established by their employer. Further, if an employee is transferred as part of a business acquisition, is the transferee obliged to honour existing pension rights or provide equivalent rights?

Impact of share or asset sales on employees
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 26 February 2020

Share or asset sales can significantly affect employees, particularly with regard to dismissal. This article answers the key questions that all employers should consider when undertaking a share or asset sale, including whether employers must consult with employees beforehand and what protections employees have against dismissal in the context of a share or asset sale.

Whistleblowing laws for employers: what to watch out for
  • United Arab Emirates
  • 22 January 2020

There is no definition of 'whistleblowing' under UAE law and, until recently, there were no laws specifically providing for whistleblower protection. Historically, the Penal Code has placed a positive obligation on all persons to report crime, but this reporting requirement is difficult to enforce. However, recent changes to UAE law have gone some way to encourage employees to escalate and report corporate wrongdoing.


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