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UAE changes rules on probation period for workers

The Federal National Council (FNC) has approved a recommendation that changes the rules on the probation period for employees in the UAE.

Under the new rules, workers must spend at least one year with an employer after their probation period. However, this requirement can be waived if the employer agrees.

Imposing an employment probation period is legal in the UAE. Under the labour law, an employer may impose a probationary period on their worker for a period not exceeding six months from the start of their employment.

If the employee intends to transfer to another employer during the probation period, then he or she must notify the existing employer in writing within a month to terminate the contract. For expatriate workers, the notice period is 14 days.

Employees on probation are not entitled to paid sick leave or gratuity payments. ICA/Expat Media

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