Jurisdiction: Middle East

Updated HSF multi-jurisdictional guide to employee issues in business transfers

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

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UAE: Landmark ruling on Article 18 penalty payments

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

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UK: HSF Global Guide to Whistleblowing

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

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UAE: New labour laws to come into force

The UAE Ministry of Labour (the "MoL") has issued three Ministerial Decrees aimed at bringing greater transparency to labour contracts.

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Saudi Arabia: Key changes to labour law

Saudi Arabia’s Council of Ministers has approved amendments to the Kingdom’s labour laws, but has delayed the implementation of new Saudisation requirements.

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Updated HSF multi-jurisdictional guide to employee issues in business transfers

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

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Qatar: Wage protection law approved

In February 2015, Qatar approved a law making it mandatory for private companies to remunerate employees directly through authorised banks.

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UAE: Obligation on Dubai employers to provide health insurance

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

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United Arab Emirates: Proposed reform to retirement and pension law

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

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UAE: Mandatory health insurance for UAE employees

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.

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