Dubai: DIFC's amended employment laws to come into effect soon

Issac John /Dubai Filed on September 22, 2021

Amendments clarify limitation periods to claims and accrual of vacation leave among others

Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) said on Wednesday that its amended employment law and regulations would be coming into effect soon.

The UAE Vice President and Prime Minister, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, has enacted the Employment Law Amendment Law No. 4 of 2021, which makes amendments to the Employment Law, the region's leading international financial hub said in a statement.

"The Board of Directors of the DIFC Authority also issued new Employment Regulations, which brings the Qualifying Scheme regime under the employment law in line with DFSA's Employee Money Purchase Scheme, so that only a single layer of regulation is applied to these schemes," it said.

The amendments to the employment law clarify the application of limitation periods to claims, the accrual of vacation leave, the duration of the probationary period for short-term fixed-term contracts, and certain defined terms used in the law. The amendment also modifies the basic workplace health and safety requirements to account for working from home arrangements.

The statement said that the amendments reflect the centre's continuing commitment to maintaining a transparent and robust legal and regulatory framework aligned with global best practice.

Initially proposed in March this year, the enactment of amendments was aimed at enhancing the regulatory framework in DIFC, keeping it in line with international best practice.



Issac John

Editorial Director of Khaleej Times, is a well-connected Indian journalist and an economic and financial commentator. He has been in the UAE's mainstream journalism for 35 years, including 23 years with Khaleej Times. A post-graduate in English and graduate in economics, he has won over two dozen awards. Acclaimed for his authentic and insightful analysis of global and regional businesses and economic trends, he is respected for his astute understanding of the local business scene.

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