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UAE changes rules on job loss during probation


DUBAI – Under revised UAE labour laws, private sector companies cannot terminate employees during the probation period without a 14-day written notice.

The federal law, part of a new decree issued by UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday (November 15), will take effect starting February 2, 2022.

The decree regulates labour relations in the private sector and covers various work models, including part-time and temporary work, and introduces new laws on mourning leaves.

Under the Federal Law No. 33 of 2021, terminating an employee during probation period, which should not exceed six months, must be done in writing 14 days before termination.

Employers cannot extend the six-month probation period. Once the probation is completed, employees must work under contract conditions. The probation period is also included as part of the employee’s overall service.

Employees who want to change jobs during their probation must submit a one-month notice.

Those wishing to leave the UAE during their probation period must submit a 14-day notice, otherwise they will be given a one-year ban from getting a work permit.

Violators—either the employer or employee—will be made to pay a penalty equivalent to regular work days of the remaining notice period.

The new law also prohibits employers from confiscating employee’s passports and other official documents, or charging workers for recruitment costs. ICA/Expat Media


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