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Employees with children can work from home: Abu Dhabi authority


DUBAI – Employees with children may choose to work from home, according to new rules by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.

The authority said that the work from home scheme may apply while schools are closed.

Abu Dhabi employees returning to work during the emirate’s transition period during the Covid-19 pandemic must adhere to a new set of rules, according to the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.

The authority issued a set of guidelines to “promote business continuity” while ensuring the “health and safety of employees”.

Here are the new rules

1. Office attendance of 30%

Only a maximum of 30 percent of a company’s workforce is allowed to work in offices.

2. Remote work preferred

Employees who can effectively carry out their jobs remotely must continue working from home.

3. Remote work for employees with children

Employees with children may choose to work from home while schools are closed.

4. Low-risk individuals can work in the office

Under the new rules, only low-risk individuals can work in the office. They must be between the age of 18 and 55, living alone or living with other low-risk individuals, and are not affected by chronic diseases.

5. Work from home for 4 types of individuals

Individuals who must work from home are those between the age of 55 and above, pregnant women, and those who are living with someone who is suffering from chronic disease or who is living with someone above the age of 60.
Employees who are aged 55 and above but are working in the construction, manufacturing or utilities sectors are exempted.

6. No pressure for those not eligible to return to office work

Companies are not allowed to pressure or penalize employees who are not eligible to return to work in the office.

7. Social distancing and sanitation to be observed

Social distancing must be observed, and work and communal spaces must be sanitized at all times.


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