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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…

The pervasive nature of COVID-19 means that organisations globally and in the Middle East are facing a similar struggle: navigating both the short-term and long-term business implications of the pandemic. Whether managing the immediate crisis, stabilizing your operations or evolving your business model, it is critical for your organization to navigate the various regulatory developments and changes that vary by country and consider the risks and opportunities that may impact your business.Baker McKenzie is pleased…

Leading global law firm Baker McKenzie is pleased to announce that 85 of our colleagues have been promoted to partner. Promotions take effect from 1 July. Across the Firm’s practice groups globally, Tax and Dispute Resolution saw the largest intake of new partners, with M&A also significantly adding to their numbers. In the Middle East, two noteworthy promotions were awarded to: Joanna Matthews-Taylor from the Employment and Compensation Practice and Mohamed El Khatib from the…

On 25 May 2020, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council, has announced the gradual reopening of business activities in Dubai and removal of all movement restrictions between 6:00 am and 11:00 pm, as of 27 May 2020. The sectors allowed to resume activities include retail and wholesale outlets, airports, clinics, educational and training institutions, sports academies, cinemas, entertainment and leisure attractions,…

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…