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End of Service Gratuity, Proposed Changes to DIFC Employment Law, Unemployment Insurance and More In brief There have been a raft of developments to the UAE’s employment regime over the last few months as the UAE government ramps up initiatives to attract and retain talent in the country. We have set out below a summary of the legal and commercial updates and key considerations for employers to comply with the changes and minimize potential business…

In brief With the pace of change in the UAE continuing to accelerate, the UAE authorities announced in July 2023, via Twitter, an expansion to the categories of companies that are subject to the Emiratisation quota requirements. This latest development further evidences the country’s commitment to increasing the numbers of UAE national employees employed in the private sector. The law supporting the announcement is not yet officially available so this article sets out what we…

In brief  The subscription deadline for the UAE’s mandatory unemployment insurance scheme has been extended by three months from 30 June 2023 to 30 September 2023. All employees in the UAE (with a few exceptions) must register in the unemployment insurance scheme before 30 September 2023[1]. You can view a summary of the scheme in our previous client alert. What’s next? All employees in the UAE must enroll to the unemployment insurance scheme as follows: If…

In brief The scope of the UAE’s mandatory employee unemployment insurance scheme has been extended. Effective immediately, all employees in the UAE (except for employees employed by the local government) must register within the required timeline. This includes employees employed by free zone companies. You can view a summary of the scheme in our previous client alert. What’s next? Registration All employees in the UAE must enroll with the unemployment insurance scheme and commence paying insurance…

Under Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021 and its executive implementing regulations (“New Labour Law”) which entered into effect in February 2022, all employee unlimited term contracts required be converted to fixed term contracts. A grace period of up to 1 February 2023 was put in place for all contract conversions in the UAE. Failure to meet the deadline risked penalties being imposed. However, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has recently…