Major changes have been made to employment law in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). The changes aim to strengthen the ADGM's employment framework and its reputation as an international financial centre. This article highlights the main employment law themes of which senior management teams, HR managers and in-house legal teams must be aware under the changes.
The United Arab Emirates has updated its labour law to require equal pay for men and women who perform the same work or work of equal value. The change aims to strengthen the United Arab Emirates' commitment to gender equality in the workplace, according to a government press release. What counts as work of 'equal value' will be based on guidance and further details set by the government, following the recommendations of the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
When a complaint from an employee cannot be resolved and a formal claim is filed, the procedure that will be implemented will be affected by a number of variables – not least whether the employer is located in the Dubai International Financial Centre, onshore mainland Dubai or another UAE free trade zone. Companies based in Dubai should be aware of the likely cost and time implications of defending employment disputes in the courts, along with the applicable laws and processes.
As the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions start to ease, businesses in the United Arab Emirates have begun allowing employees to return to the workplace. However, the business landscape that businesses now face is very different to just a few months ago. This article outlines employers' obligations during the next phase of business from an employment law perspective, including with regard to the reopening of businesses and protecting employee health and safety as they look to adapt to this new normal.