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Dubai is one of best, if not the best place to start a career. It provides a rich environment for people who are looking to start their journey toward a better life. However, It is important to know you rights before signing a contract in Dubai. UAE Labor law regulates the relationship between the employer and the employee. The law, which is a federal legislation, is applicable to everyone working in Dubai. It covers every aspect of employment contracts which include compensation, penalties, code of discipline, termination of contracts…etc. Here are some of the things everyone should consider before signing a contract in Dubai.
When signing an employment contract, ensure that the contract documents include the date of commencement of the contract, type of contract able to define the type of contract you are embarking on. Is it the type that has commencement and completion date? Or is it the one that has starting date but there is no specific completion date? All these need to be taking into consideration when signing an employment contract in Dubai.
The UAE law under article 37 states that, the period of probation is limited to a maximum of six month whereby the employer or the employee can terminate the contract within this period. The employer is not obliged to pay any end of service fee, gratuity or employee compensation. Before signing a contract you should know that probation is not compulsory but both parties can agree upon the actual terms of the probation period.
The law in Dubai gives right of payment to the employee only for the return of his services as written in the employment contract. The payment of wages can be on daily, weekly or monthly basis depending on terms of agreement. Also, the wages include the basic salary and allowances.
According to law, working hours in Dubai hours, but in some special jobs it can be extended to 9 hours. Also, this working hour does not include the travel time, and if an employee is required to work overtime the employer has to pay him for the extra time he has worked. It is important to know this law may not be applicable to high rank officials in the government or the ones that has the authority as the supervisory roles.
Before signing a contract you should know that as an employee you are entitled to an annual leave which should not be less than 2 days in a month during his first 6 months in the contract. After one year however, you will be entitled to a 30-day annually leave. Female employees are also entitled to 45 days maternity leave with full wage payment. In case of illness, employee should report to the employer within 2 working days to avoid cut from his pay.
Starting from 2015, employers are obliged to provide their employees with health insurance. In some cases the employer will also provide health insurance for employee’s family members as long as they are living in Dubai and are on employee’s visa.
We have provided a link to the UAE Labor Law if you wish to know more details about your rights as an employee before signing a contract in Dubai.