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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  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…

In brief The UAE Government has recently announced legislation requiring employees in the Federal Government and private sector to register in an unemployment insurance scheme. The scheme is designed to provide financial support to employees in the event that the employee loses their job. What do employees need to do? Employees must register with an unemployment insurance scheme starting from 1 January 2023.Unemployment insurance schemes are provided by a number of selected insurance providers in…

What has changed? The maximum three-year limit for fixed term contracts has been removed. While contracts still require to be for a limited term, employers now have flexibility with regards to the length of the term. We have already prepared and have been using our new contract templates (and issued contract amendments converting unlimited term contracts to limited term contracts). Do we need to change all of our contracts again? Unlikely. We expect that the…