A new law to protect the worker and allow him to move to another job

The President of the United Arab Emirates His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issues a new federal decree regulating labor relations.

In this context, a well-informed source stated that His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a new decree regulating labor relations, which allowed the following:

A newly contracted worker (on probation) with any facility in the private sector has the possibility to move to work for another employer in the country, during the probationary period, if he so desires during it, provided that the original employer is notified of this in writing for a period not less than one month from the date of his desire to terminate The contract, and the commitment of the new employer to compensate the original employer for the costs of recruitment or contracting with the worker, unless agreed otherwise.

The new decree also sets out many humanitarian, professional and health obligations on the employer towards his workers and employees, the most prominent of which is the need to keep files and records of workers in accordance with the conditions, controls and procedures issued by a decision from the Ministry, for a period of no less than two years after the date of the worker’s termination of service, and not to seize documents. The official requirements of the worker, and providing the necessary means of prevention to protect workers from the dangers of occupational injuries and diseases that may occur during work.

With regard to the probationary period after which the worker must be appointed, the decree has specified for employers in private sector establishments, a maximum of six months for the appointment of workers who are subject to probation periods, calculated from the first day of starting work, with the facility’s right to terminate the worker’s service during this period, after notification The worker did so in writing at least 14 days prior to the date specified for termination of service.

The decree stated that a foreign worker wishing to terminate his employment contract during the probationary period for the purpose of leaving the country must notify the employer of this in writing at least 14 days prior to the date specified for the termination of the contract, and in the event that he wishes to return to the country and obtain a new work permit Within three months from the date of departure, in this case the new employer is obligated to compensate the first employer with the costs of recruitment or contracting with the same worker, unless there is an agreement between the worker and the original employer to the contrary, according to what was published by Emirates Today newspaper.