Three ministerial Decrees were recently declared which will impact on specific areas of employment  relationships and work permit sponsorship within the UAE. The Decrees will be legally effective on 1 January 2016.

Standard Work Contract (Decree 764)

This Decree requires employers to provide all workers with a standard form employment contract. The contract is intended to be much more effective and detailed than the existing Ministry of Labour employment contract.

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Terminating the employment contract (Decree 765)

This Decree outlines the conditions when an employment contract can be ended and applies to both term and non-term contracts to ensure that any termination is lawful.

The takeaway points:


The new Decrees are intended to provide additional protection to employees in relation to their employment contracts, notice periods and ability to obtain alternative employment and visa sponsorship within the UAE. The Decrees reflect the growing trend within the GCC of the national authorities seeking to update their labour laws to provide more safeguards for employees around key issues such as protection of the contractual terms of employment and flexibility around visa sponsorship.

Please contact a member of the Pinsent Masons team if you have any queries relating to the new labour legislation.

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