UAE announces notice period rules

The UAE announced new rules on notice periods and contract termination in the country.

According to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE), the employer and employee can terminate a contract, so long as they abide by the terms and conditions of the contract.

The MOHRE clarified that notice periods in the UAE must range between 30 and 90 days, and employees are obligated to perform their duties throughout this period.

The notice period allowance is based on the worker’s most recent wage received.

Article 44 of the UAE Labour Law mentions that an employer may terminate the services of the employee without notice, if the latter:

  • Adopts a false identity or submits forged documents or certificates
  • Commits an error causing substantial material loss to the employer or if he deliberately damages the properties of the employer and acknowledged the same. Note that the employer must inform MoHRE about the incident within seven working days from having knowledge of the same
  • Violates instructions concerning safety of the workers and the place of business provided that such instructions were displayed in writing at conspicuous places or verbally informed to an illiterate employee
  • Fails to perform his basic duties under the employment contract and persists in violating them despite warning him twice of dismissal, if the same is repeated
  • Divulges any secrets of the establishment resulting in losses or a missed opportunity to the employer, or achieving a personal benefit for self
  • Is found to be drunk or under the influence of prohibited drugs during working hours, or commits an action breaching the public morals at the workplace
  • Assaults the employer, the manager or any of his colleagues during the course of his work
  • Absents himself without lawful excuse for more than 20 intermittent days or more than 7 successive days during one year
  • Exploits his position illegally to obtain personal results and gains
  • Joins another establishment without abiding by the rules and procedures in this regard

Source: Arabian Business

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