Jurisdiction: Middle East
Employment law issues rarely determine the strategy for a multi-jurisdictional business acquisition, but they can certainly give rise to significant avoidable costs and delay if issues are not spotted in advance. In the Herbert Smith Freehills 2016 global survey, 57% … Continue reading
The DIFC Court of First Instance has ordered an employer to pay a penalty in excess of USD 1.5 million to a former employee for failing to comply with Article 18 of the DIFC Employment Law (as amended) (CFI 015/2015 … Continue reading
Herbert Smith Freehills has published the first edition of a Global Guide to Whistleblowing, providing a quick reference guide to the law and culture around employees 'blowing the whistle' in 40 key jurisdictions covering in EMEA, the Americas and Asia … Continue reading
The UAE Ministry of Labour (the "MoL") has issued three Ministerial Decrees aimed at bringing greater transparency to labour contracts.
Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers has approved amendments to the Kingdom’s labour laws, but has delayed the implementation of new Saudisation requirements.
We have recently updated our multi-jurisdictional guide discussing potential employee issues in business transfers (first published in October 2013). The second edition reflects the law as at February 2015. The guide is a quick reference tool covering the key legal … Continue reading
In February 2015, Qatar approved a law making it mandatory for private companies to remunerate employees directly through authorised banks.
Employers in Dubai must now provide health insurance for all employees. This brings the position in Dubai in line with that of Abu Dhabi. The Health Insurance Law for the Emirate of Dubai (No. 11 of 2013) (the “Law”) came … Continue reading
The Federal National Council (FNC) has called for widespread reform to retirement and pension laws in an effort to encourage more Emiratis to work in the private sector. The FNC’s proposed changes to the pension system include: permitting Emirati owners … Continue reading
The UAE federal government has prepared a draft law which will make it mandatory for all UAE employers to provide health insurance to employees. Currently, the only emirate with mandatory health insurance is Abu Dhabi.