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UAE revises labour laws to benefit working parents, new mothers

 

DUBAI – The UAE has introduced changes to the labor laws that benefit working parents and new mothers in private sector companies.

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.

The federal law allows employees to take several types of paid leaves starting February 2, 2022.

The leaves include a five-day parental leave, an extended maternity leave or a 30-day leave for new mothers. Here are the details:

5-day parental leave

Private sector employees are entitled to a parental leave of 5 working days from the day of the birth of their child to six months. Parental leave is a paid leave that can be applied for by both mother and father of the baby.

Extended maternity leave

Maternity leave in the private sector can extend to 60 days, which includes 45 days with full wage, followed by 15 days on half pay.

New mothers are eligible to receive additional 45 days without pay leave once they finish their initial maternity leave period in case of any post-partum complications or ailment in the newborn. They will have to provide supportive documents to apply for sick leave.

30-day paid leave for mothers with special needs babies

New mothers of babies with special needs are entitled to a 30-day paid leave after completing their initial maternity leave period, renewable for another 30 days with no pay.

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