Abu dhabi is unique in that it submits to federal courts. Employment in the uae is governed by the uae labour law, federal law no. Employment of workers article 9 work is an inherent right of the nationals of the united arab emirates. Sources for the content came from and were passed by the national assembly. Labour law state of qatar we, hamad bin khalifa aithani, the emir of the state of qatar, after perusal of the amended provisional constitution and in particular articles 23, 34 and 51 thereof and, labour law no. Labour act, 2003 international labour organization. Workers in the uae, the new uae labour law rules will take effect this january 2016.
The law provides a body of regulations outlining the legal rights, restrictions and obligations of workers, employers and workers committees. New uae labour law rules take effect on january 2016. General provisions as to protection of wages, contracts of employment and terms and conditions of. The overarching legislation regulating employment matters in the uaes private sector is uae federal law no. Employment of workers children and women section i. Trade unions are not recognised under uae labour law or difc law. Doing business in the united arab emirates baker mckenzie. Following are the official uae labor law pdf articles that should be follow by both employer and employee which includes the full details of employment contract of workers, salaries of workers, occupational injuries during work, end of service gratuity, working hours, annual leaves, termination, resignation and much more. Amendments of this royal decree, through various royal decrees and ministerial decisions, have been recurrently carried out, in order to better accord the relevant domestic.
Labour taxes and mandatory contributions paid by employers account for 60% of the average total tax rate for the region and is the most significant contributor to the total tax rate in most economies. As such, it mediates many aspects of the relationship between trade unions, employers and employees. The law contains around 75 articles setting out general and specific legal provisions protecting the rights of any child. This page will be continuously updated to communicate any new advancements to the uae labor law. Labour law arose in parallel with the industrial revolution as the relationship between worker and employer changed from smallscale production studios to largescale factories. You can find information pertaining to united arab emirates labor law both in. Through this page, you can read about the laws issued by the uae government laws over the years on budget preparation, the formation of the uae cabinet, value added tax vat, the establishment of the federal tax authority and bankruptcy.
The uae has released the its domestic vat law and fta website. Collective bargaining rights of employees in the uae. The state of labour law at any one time is therefore both the. Vision 2021 is a longterm plan that aims to make the uae one of the best countries in the world by the year 2021 when the uae will celebrate the golden jubilee of its formation as a federation. On september 27, 2015, the ministry of labour introduced three decrees, which come into effect at the start of 2016, to ensure more transparency and clarity of the labor contracts and termination related issues, greater protection for employees and to provide for a more balanced and flexible work environment. How the overtime calculates in uae for employees close. The time during which the employee would be available for the service of the employer but it does include rest periods. Last year, the uae issued a new law, namely the federal law no. Uae we advise on all aspects of uae labour law in support of your strategic objectives through the structuring, management and organization of your workforce. Your tax deductible gift can help stop human rights violations and save lives around the world. The minister of labour introduced some important changes to the uae labour regulations by means of three decrees issued on 27 september 2015.
Federal law no 8, for 1980, on regulation of labour relations. While the preparations for merging of withholding tax returns and social security declarations were almost completed, the emerging covid19 epidemic directly affected the business life in our country, as well as in the rest of the world, and resulted in many unprecedented problems and need for new regulations. North african regions safest city in the 2016 mercer quality of living index. According to the iraqi officials, the new labour law meets several core conventions of ilo international labor organization and is a step towards improving the fundamental rights of iraqi workers. Doing business in the uae a tax and legal guide pwc. Work permits may only be granted if the following conditions are fulfilled. We, khalifa bin zayed al nahyan, president of the united arab emirates. Definitions article 1 this law shall be called the labor law. Although the uae s labour law had already made provisions for such parttime permits, formal implementation has been varied. The full text version of the uae labor law including its amending texts is available on the site. Employees who are not uae nationals may be employed in the united arab emirates only after approval of the labour department and the obtainment of a work permit in accordance with the procedures decided by ministry of labour and social affairs. The new law will come into effect 90 days from the date of its publication in the official gazette of iraq.
Others may only work in the state in accordance with the conditions set forth herein and the decisions issued in application thereof. Labour law also known as employment law is the body of laws, administrative rulings, and precedents which address the legal rights of, and restrictions on, working people and their organizations. Guide to employment, labour and equality law workplace relations commission information and customer services obrien road, carlow locall. This will bring forth more transparency between the employer and employee and covers conditions for terminating employees, labour permits to work for new employers and application of ministryapproved contracts. Exemption from corporate and income taxes for a period of 50 years from. Hh sheikh khalifa bin zayed al nahyan, president of the uae and ruler of abu dhabi issued the federal decree law no.
The united arab emirates labor law website also contains resources for understanding the current economic situation in the uae labor law, migrant rights, and other helpful tools to assist with further analysis of labor related functions in the country. The labour law pdf 38p this note describes the following details related labour law. Overtime is used extensively and additional pay is required for manual and lower. The oman labour law, stipulated by royal decree 352003, is the primary source of law dealing with labour and employmentrelated issues in the sultanate of oman. Non nationals may not engage in any work within the state except in accordance with the conditions stipulated in this law and its executive orders. Value added tax vat the official portal of the uae. Copyright ministry of legal affairs, government of the republic of zambia of of. Welcome to the united arab emirates labor law website. The final text of the new labour law has not been made available to the public yet. If you are employed in the uae, youd have surely heard about the new uae labour law or uae employment law that has been issued in 2016. Luckily, if youre more homer simpson than elon musk and youve been sacked or made redundant, you could still be due a severance payment as long as you havent broken labour law. Any dispute between the employer and the employee if connected with the recruitment of the employee or the terms of his service or conditions of his work. Workers sought better conditions and the right to join a labour union, while employers sought a more predictable, flexible and less costly workforce. Uae labour law modernisation efforts continue into 2019.
Over the years, the uae has implemented several sectorspecific free trade zones designed to encourage and facilitate foreign direct investment, the majority of which are concentrated in the emirates of abu dhabi the. Al sila tower, level 26, al sowwah square, al maryah island abu dhabi, united arab emirates contact info. The uae labour law of 1980 remains the underlying legislation governing employment relationships in the uae private sector. Introduction of parttime student work permits in the uae october 2016 the dubai creative clusters authority dcca has introduced parttime work permit facilities for students. In addition greater protection is provided to new employees to ensure that what they are. The main law governing employment relations in the uae is federal labour law. Its provisions apply to both uae nationals and migrant employees. For example, if you want to search about a service, use the word service not a services and services etc. We also work closely with our dispute resolution team on employment disputes before the ministry of labour and social affairs, the uae courts and the difc.
Business regulations related to mainland companies. Article 2 the following terms and phrases, whenever mentioned in this law, shall have the meanings expressed next to them, unless the context requires otherwise. An act to repeal and replace the labour code act and consolidate the law relating to labour. We, zayed bin sultan al nahyan, president of the united arab emirates after having reference. If you are an employer or employee in uae, you must familiarise yourself with uae labour law as this is what guides your employment. Although the labor law has elaborated on the overtime in uae many companies do not comply with it. The uae and qatar currently share equal first place globally as the easiest countries to pay taxes under the methodology. Employment and labour relations an act to make provisions for core labour rights, to establish basic employment standards, to provide a framework for collective bargaining, to provide for the prevention and settlement of disputes, and to provide for related matters 20 th december, 2006 g. Reproduced with permission from law business research ltd. General definitions and principles, employment agreement, working conditions, holidays and vacations, safety and labour hygiene, labour inspection, apprenticeship and employment, workers and employers organizations, welfare services to workers, dispute settlement forums, high. Proposed by a member of the african christian democratic party in 2016 and approved by the national assembly towards the end of 2017, this law introduces three new forms of leave for employees.
The thrust of the changes, which come into effect on 1 st january 2016, is to provide for a more flexible work environment for employees. Here you can find information pertaining to the united arab emirates labor law both in the private sector and public sector as promulgated by the ministry of labour. Important changes to qatars labour laws qatar 2016. Foreign account tax compliant act of the united states. The law defines a child as any human being under 18 years old. Sheikh mohammed bin rashid al maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the uae and ruler of dubai, launched vision 2021 in 2010, during a.
E visa rules 83 uae labour law 70 uae labour law news 41 dubai property law 23 uae ministry of labour 10 emirate id 9 ministry of labour 8 uae company law 8 dubai health authority 7 property law 7 visit visa 5 amnesty 2012 4 business options in the uae 4 difc law 4. The new immigration law will enter into force in december 2016. And, if you resign, youre still entitled to gratuity, as long as youve worked for the same company for more than one year. The legal system lawyers, and laws in the uae, information and guide to commercial law, company law, construction law, gratuity law, islamic law, labour law, maternity law, sharia law, study law, ramadan law. Wage and benefit cases often look to labor law to determine the relevant minimum wage.
Value added tax vat in the uae 2307, liwa heights, jumeirah lakes towers, p. Introduction of parttime student work permits in the uae. What taxes must be paid by the employer and employee, at what rates. The uae has released the text of the federal tax procedures law. If an organization wants you to go for overtime, your permission is required.1106 238 953 220 567 1646 560 1100 805 303 1273 77 1473 694 392 207 650 1432 645 1174 1516 702 598 143 623 1068 136 1370 61 153 539 269 100 1110 946 1476 768 43 396