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UAE updates labour law on teens having jobs


DUBAI – A new labour law approved recently by the UAE President allows teenagers 15 years old and above to work for up to six hours in the UAE.

UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a decree on November 15 on a federal law to regulate labour relations in the private sector. It will be implemented beginning February 2, 2022.

Under the federal law, teenagers aged 15 and above can be employed after obtaining a medical fitness report and a written consent from their guardians.

The amended law follows the announcement of a new temporary work visa in September that allows teenagers to get a part-time job.

Executive regulations on the amended law are expected to be announced soon, with details on which sectors are allowed to hire teenagers for specific work.

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The new law on employment for teenagers include the following conditions:

– Only those aged 15 and above can be considered for employment

– Teens can work for up to six hours per day

– Teens must be given at least one hour of work per day, so they do not work for four consecutive hours

– Teens cannot work on the night shift, or between 7pm and 7am

– Teens cannot do overtime shifts or work on weekends and public holidays

– Teens cannot do hazardous or strenuous jobs that harm health, well-being or ethics

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