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Employment & Pensions

United Arab Emirates

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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13 October 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...
21 September 2020
Dis­missal law and reg­u­la­tion in the United Ar­ab Emir­ates
1. Dis­missal of em­ploy­ees The UAE con­sists of dif­fer­ent emir­ates, and with­in each emir­ate are dif­fer­ent “zones” which are sub­ject to reg­u­la­tion by the au­thor­ity gov­ern­ing each “zone”. These...
03 June 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...
03 June 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...
11 May 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 April 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 April 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 April 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 March 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...
04 March 2020
Coronavir­us - key con­sid­er­a­tions for em­ploy­ers world­wide
The situ­ation with Cov­id-19 (Coronavir­us) is still de­vel­op­ing and is be­ing fol­lowed world­wide with great in­terest and ob­vi­ous con­cern. In this brief­ing, we con­sider some of the key is­sues that em­ploy­ers...
21 January 2020
New DI­FC em­ploy­ee work­place sav­ings re­gime en­acted in law
We have pre­vi­ously re­por­ted on the in­com­ing changes to the DI­FC Em­ploy­ment law to re­place end of ser­vice gra­tu­ity en­ti­tle­ments with a new defined con­tri­bu­tion work­place sav­ings re­gime (ht­tps://www.c...
12 December 2019
Im­ple­ment­a­tion of DI­FC Em­ploy­ee Work­place Sav­ing plans delayed
We re­cently re­por­ted on the pro­posed amend­ments to the DI­FC Em­ploy­ment Law (DI­FC Law No. 2 of 2019) (the “Em­ploy­ment Law”) and the in­tro­duc­tion of reg­u­la­tions in con­nec­tion with the re­place­ment of...