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Asked to work on UAE National Day holidays? What the law says

If you have been asked to work during the UAE National Day holidays, what is your compensation under the UAE law?

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation previously announced that December 2, 3 and 4 will be paid holidays for private sector workers. Employees in the government sector have the same holidays, with work to resume on December 5.

Under the law, private sector employees who have been asked to work on the National Day holidays are eligible for compensatory leave or receive compensatory salary plus additional salary of at least 50 percent of their basic salary.

The UAE’s Employment Law states: “Should the work circumstances require that the employee be employed on holidays, the employee shall be compensated with a substitute rest day for each day worked, or be paid his salary for normal working days plus a supplement of at least fifty percent (50%) of his basic salary for that day.” ICA/Expat Media


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