UAE law: Can my employer stop me from going on extended annual leave?

Figure Out if there is a limitation to the variety of paid day of rests you can draw from job

Concern: I operate in a business based in Dubai. I was incapable to take a trip to my residence nation as a result of Covid-related lockdowns and also constraints. I have more than 40 days of paid fallen leaves left. I desire to get the leave with each other and also take place a lengthy break, however my company is rejecting to accept it. By regulation, exists a limitation on the variety of fallen leaves staff members can take?

Solution: According to your inquiries, we presume that you are used in a landmass firm based in the emirate of Dubai. As a result, the stipulations of Federal Legislation No. 8 of 1980 Controling Work Relations in the UAE (the ‘Em ployment Legislation’) apply.

In the UAE, a staff member is qualified for thirty day of yearly leave if she or he has actually finished at the very least one year of solution with the company. This remains in conformity with Write-up 75 of the Work Legislation, which specifies, “The staff member has to be provided a yearly leave throughout annually of solution which might not be much less than:

1. 2 days each month in regard of any type of staff member with greater than 6 months and also much less than one year of solution.

2. Thirty days per year in regard of any type of staff member whose duration of solution goes beyond one year.

In case of discontinuation of a staff member’s solution, he will be qualified to a yearly leave for the portions of the in 2015 of solution.”

Additionally, a company is qualified to select the start day of the yearly leave and also separate the exact same right into 2 components. This remains in conformity with Write-up 76 of the Work Legislation, which specifies, “The company might at his discernment establish the day for start of yearly fallen leaves and also, when needed, he might determine to separate the leave in 2 components at one of the most, other than in situations of juveniles where holiday might not be split partially.”

Nonetheless, a company is bound not to use a staff member constantly for greater than 2 years without providing a yearly leave. This remains in conformity with Write-up 78 of the Work Legislation, which specifies, “The staff member will obtain his fundamental pay along with real estate allocation, if any type of, for the yearly leave days. Nonetheless, if the quandaries of job demand that the staff member functions throughout his yearly leave in entire or partly, and also the duration of leave throughout which he has actually functioned, has actually not been continued to the following year, the company should certainly pay him his wage along with money in lieu of leave for his functioning days based upon his fundamental pay.

It will be illegal in any type of conditions to use an employee throughout his yearly leave greater than as soon as in 2 succeeding years.”

According to the previously mentioned Write-up 78 of the Work Legislation, a staff member is additionally qualified to his/her fundamental wage and also real estate allocation as the yearly leave wage. Additionally, according to Write-up 80 of the Work Legislation, the company might need to pay the leave wage prior to the staff member takes a trip to yearly leave or before start of staff member’s yearly leave.

Based upon the previously mentioned stipulations of regulation, your company is bound to provide you paid yearly leave at the very least as soon as in 2 years for the variety of yearly leave which is collected to your credit rating.

We presume that you have actually not availed yearly leave for greater than one year as your collected yearly leave as on day is greater than 40 days. As a result, you are qualified to get your yearly leave and also the company might not have the ability to quit you from availing yearly leave.

In case your company refutes providing you the appropriate yearly leave, you might think about submitting a grievance versus your company with the Ministry of Person Resources & & Emiratisation.

Ashish Mehta is the owner and also Handling Companion of Ashish Mehta & & Associates. He is certified to practice regulation in Dubai, the UK and also India. Complete information of his company on: Viewers might e-mail their inquiries to: or send them to Legal Sight, Khaleej Times, PO Box 11243, Dubai.

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