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UAE Labour and Employment Law

Labour and Employment Law in UAE

Be Up-To-Date With The UAE Labour Law That Impacts Your Business. Understand the fundamentals of labour law in the UAE and avoid non-compliance.

This course will provide a recap of the UAE labour law for attendees to gain a better understanding of current practices in the region. It will also offer an update on the regulatory trends and an insight into how to address issues that often arise in the employment context in the new economic landscape.

Upon completion of the programme, you will be able to understand the impact of employment law at the start of the employment relationship, recognize the primary rights that the employee has during the employment relationship, identify the issues to address at the termination of the employment relationship.

This course is suitable for everyone in HR or the business looking to gain a better understanding of the laws governing employment in the United Arab Emirates.


The 2-day-day interactive course will walk you through the legal landscape of employing people in the United Arab Emirates from recruitment to termination. It will prepare HR practitioners to successfully handle everyday labour law issues which arise across the Emirates. Participants will also get to hear about CIPD’s latest thinking in ethical HR and going beyond legal compliance. This is a very interactive workshop with some real-life case studies, mock trials and a live labour-law clinic with employment lawyers to answer all of your legal questions.



Participants who fully attend this course and complete the test on the last day will receive a Strategic Axis Professional Certificate (SAPC). SAPC certificates are regionally recognized and can be quite valuable when applying for more senior roles within the organization or outside.

Additionally, all participants will receive certificates from KHDA –  Knowledge and Human Development Authority.


Module 1: Introduction to Ethical HR Practice

Introduction to the UAE legal system

Free zones vs. mainland


Module 2: Recruitment and Employment Contracts

Immigration and sponsorship

Visas for working in the UAE

Offer letters and employment contracts

Fixed vs. unlimited agreements

Background checks and Recruitment Issues

Emiratisation and employing nationals

Module 3: Operating the UAE as a Regional Hub

Dual residency and dual employment

Payroll issues


Module 4: Employee Benefits

Salary and allowances

Tax and VAT

End of service gratuity

Pension/ social security

Working hours, overtime and the 5-day work week

Leave entitlements

Holiday leave and air tickets

Sick leave

Maternity leave

Emergency leave and other types leave

Module 5: Health and Safety Obligations

Private Medical Insurance

Accidents and workman’s compensation

Accidental death

Reporting processes

Module 6: Termination and Employee Resignation

Termination process and permitted reasons for termination

Poor performance and misconduct

Restructuring and redundancy

Recovering costs from employees

Arbitrary termination – what constitutes arbitrary dismissal?

Termination after sick leave or maternity leave

Terminating UAE national employees

Notice periods and garden leave

Employee entitlements upon termination

Module 7: Employment Disputes

Initiated by the employer

Initiated by the employee
– The Ministry of Labour process
– Labour and employment disputes in the local courts
– Protecting employer data and confidential information
– Non-compete, confidentiality, non-solicitation clauses

Mock labour tribunal and clinic

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