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Jennifer Leader

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In brief Recent developments in the labour laws of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have been issued to bridge the gender- pay gap between men and women. The updates have been in relation to: (i) prohibiting discrimination, whether in pay or otherwise, between male and female employees who carry out the same job in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain; (ii) introducing paternity leave in the UAE; and (iii) granting female…

As the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread across the globe, businesses are facing weakened financial markets, disruption to workplace operations, and economic uncertainty. We have seen unprecedented measures taken by the UAE to prevent the spread of the disease including mandatory work from home instructions and business shut downs. However, there has been uncertainty as to what steps an employer can take to mitigate the impact of the virus while protecting the rights…

End of Service Gratuity (EOSG) rules have been long established in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and seem, at least on the face of it, straightforward. On termination of employment, employees in the UAE and the KSA are entitled to receive an EOSG provided that certain qualifying conditions are fulfilled.