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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 20 July 2018

New Dubai workplace law provides more annual leave and promotion opportunities

Raft of benefits announced in new human resources law

New human resources legislation will give more opportunities to workers in Dubai. Getty Images
New human resources legislation will give more opportunities to workers in Dubai. Getty Images

The Dubai government’s new human resources law includes wider benefits for employees –including more leave days, easier promotion opportunities and a “working from afar” option.

The revised law increases the annual leave for grade 8 employees from 22 days to 25, with grade 7 workers getting an increase from 15 days to 18.

The law also introduces new recruitment terms, such as a “working from afar” option, where employees can work remotely without necessarily being present in the office.

Moreover, employees can also now receive ticket allowance for their children up to the age of 21 , as opposed to 18 years previously. Ticket allowance for Emirati employees was limited to three children, but now it will be open to include all children.

The legislation also made it possible for employees to receive promotions based on their assessment results, as opposed to the previous procedure that required a number of experience certificates to facilitate appraisals.

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The new law also gives employees the chance to apply for any internal vacancy within their organisation, and they can be assigned to the new post even if it were at a higher level without having to meet promotion criteria. Employees can also receive overtime compensation simply by getting the approval of their line manager.

Employees with special needs can get a reduced working hours contract after receiving the required approval from Dubai’s medical committee.