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Employment & Pensions

Companies doing business in the Middle East have a number of local employment regulations to take in to consideration. The lack of pensions issues for expats is set off against the statutory requirement to pay end of service benefits akin to a pension contribution, which mean that organisations must ensure they are are planning properly for their workforce while protecting their balance sheets. Similarly, the recent rise in number of cash- and share-based management incentive arrangements for businesses headquartered in the UAE is a new development which requires some careful thought.

Our employment specialists advise businesses on these issues on a daily basis.  They can help you navigate the maze of local regulations, policy documents, and other legal complexities you must contend with to successfully manage your workforce.  Working in partnership with your legal and human resources teams, we advise on all key aspects of employment law and employee benefit schemes.

If your business crosses borders, you have to contend with a complex framework of employment regulation in order to achieve the best outcome for your business. With a global network covering 33 countries, we can help you address these challenges in all the countries in which you operate.

We advise clients across jurisdictions in relation to employment and executive contracts, employee benefit programmes, restructuring, employment disputes, employment aspects of M&A transactions and trade union relations.  Our team in Dubai can also call upon a 280-strong group of employment specialists worldwide to deliver advice when needed.


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17/01/2022
UAE leg­al re­forms – New La­bour Law
In­tro­duc­tion - 2021 Re­forms In Q4 2021, as part of its 50th Year An­niversary, the UAE an­nounced some of the broad­est changes to its leg­al land­scape in many years. It also in­tro­duced ma­jor prac­tic­al changes...
07/09/2021
Gender pay: What’s needed to make equal­ity a real­ity?
A CMS We­bin­ar on Tues­day 21 Septem­ber will ex­plore what so­ci­ety and busi­nesses need to do to close the on­go­ing dis­par­ity in men and wo­men’s pay. Did you know that 18 Septem­ber 2021 is UN Equal Pay Day...
11/06/2021
How can busi­nesses pro­tect their trade secrets in a hy­brid work­ing world?
As the num­ber of people vac­cin­ated against COV­ID-19 stead­ily in­creases, many em­ploy­ers are start­ing to turn their minds to a re­turn to the work­place. However, it’s un­likely that we will be re­turn­ing...
01/06/2021
Some leaks can­'t be fixed
“Con­fid­en­tial in­form­a­tion is like an ice cube... give it to the party who has no re­fri­ger­at­or or will not agree to keep it in one, and by the time of the tri­al you have just a pool of wa­ter.” This...
13/10/2020
Man­aging the chal­lenges of the post COV­ID work­place
Few can deny the im­pact that the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic has had and is hav­ing on the way people work since the glob­al es­cal­a­tion of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic in March 2020. "We have seen massive changes take place...
03/06/2020
UAE Eco­nom­ic Sub­stance No­ti­fic­a­tion
The dead­lines for fil­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance no­ti­fic­a­tions are on the ho­ri­zon (or in­deed just passed). In or­der to com­ply with the reg­u­la­tions in­tro­duced on 1 Janu­ary 2019 con­cern­ing eco­nom­ic sub­stance...
03/06/2020
Land­mark Court de­cision re­lat­ing to UAE Fed­er­al Tax Au­thor­ity pen­al­ties
Since the in­tro­duc­tion of VAT in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates on 1 Janu­ary 2018, there have been some dif­fer­ing opin­ions with in­ter­pret­a­tion and ap­plic­a­tion of the ap­plic­able VAT laws and reg­u­la­tions. This...
11/05/2020
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 3 – Du­ties in times of Fin­an­cial Un­cer­tainty
In­tro­duc­tion With glob­al eco­nom­ies fa­cing un­cer­tain times as a res­ult of the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, and many busi­nesses fa­cing sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenges to cash flow, rev­en­ue and bad debts, the pos­sib­il­ity of...
27/04/2020
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 2 – Group Struc­tures
Dir­ect­ors’ du­ties are cur­rently in sharp fo­cus as a res­ult of the eco­nom­ic con­di­tions caused by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic and the de­cisions dir­ect­ors are be­ing re­quired to make in re­la­tion to their busi­nesses...
15/04/2020
Dir­ect­ors Du­ties in the UAE: Part 1 – Do you know your du­ties?
In­tro­duc­tion The glob­al eco­nomy has been severely im­pacted by the COV­ID-19 pan­dem­ic, com­poun­ded by a steep fall in oil prices, res­ult­ing in sig­ni­fic­ant chal­lenges across a mul­ti­tude of sec­tors. Dir­ect­ors...
14/04/2020
Cov­id-19 - the New Em­ploy­ment Res­ol­u­tion and Op­tions for UAE Em­ploy­ers 
1. In­tro­duc­tion The un­pre­ced­en­ted situ­ation many UAE em­ploy­ers now find them­selves in as a res­ult of the Cov­id-19 pan­dem­ic, and the res­ult­ing eco­nom­ic cli­mate, has raised vari­ous ques­tions re­gard­ing the...
06/03/2020
Coronavir­us – Pro­tect­ing against sup­ply chain dis­rup­tion when ship­ping...
De­vel­op­ing a sup­ply chain re­sponse to the coronavir­us out­break in­volves be­ing ready be­fore such a crisis hits. Al­though the long-term con­sequences are yet to play out, the coronavir­us out­break already...