Dubai’s DIFC has introduced new employment laws

The new laws address issues such as paternity leave and paid sick days

Dubai’s DIFC has introduced new employment laws

If you work in Dubai International Financial Centre, or DIFC as it’s more commonly known, then read on.

According to Arabian Business, at the end of last month the buzzing commerce centre of Dubai introduced new employment laws that address issues such as paternity leave, sick pay and end-of-service settlements.

The newly introduced laws affect both employers and employees (including those working on part-time and short-term contracts) and soon-to-be dads will be pleased to hear that one of the employee-focused laws includes the introduction of five days of paternity leave.

“The DIFC Employment Law enhancements are integral to creating an attractive environment for the almost 24,000-strong workforce based in the DIFC to thrive, while protecting and balancing the interests of both employers and employees” said Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC.

Other laws geared towards employees include penalties for discrimination as well as penalties to ensure companies adhere to basic conditions of employment, visa and residency sponsorship.

On the other hand, employer-focused laws include the expansion of employee duties and paid sick days have been reduced to ten working days.

Others include the application of mandatory late penalty payments for end-of-service settlements and recognising settlement agreements between employers and employees.

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