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United Arab Emirates - Procedural requirements for individual dismissals


Procedural requirements for individual dismissals - United Arab Emirates - 2013    

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Notification to the worker to be dismissed: written

Remarks:
  • Art. 117 FLLR.

Notice period:
Remarks:
  • Art. 117 FLLR provides that either party may terminate a contract of unlimited duration for a valid reason at any time provided that written notice is given to the other party at least 30 days prior to termination.
    In respect of employees paid on a daily-basis, the period of notice is as follows:
    - one week in the employee has worked for more than six months but less than one year;
    - two weeks if the employee has worked for at least one year;
    - one month if the employee has worked for at least five years.
    • tenure ≥ 6 months
      • 30 day(s).
      • workers paid on a daily basis or by piece-rate - 1 week(s).
    • tenure ≥ 9 months
      • 30 day(s).
      • workers paid on a daily basis or by piece-rate - 1 week(s).
    • tenure ≥ 2 years
      • 30 day(s).
      • workers paid on a daily basis or by piece-rate - 2 week(s).
    • tenure ≥ 4 years
      • 30 day(s).
      • workers paid on a daily basis or by piece-rate - 2 week(s).
    • tenure ≥ 5 years
      • 30 day(s).
      • workers paid on a daily basis or by piece-rate - 1 month(s).
    • tenure ≥ 10 years
      • 30 day(s).
      • workers paid on a daily basis or by piece-rate - 1 month(s).
    • tenure ≥ 20 years
      • 30 day(s).
      • workers paid on a daily basis or by piece-rate - 1 month(s).

    Pay in lieu of notice: Yes

    Remarks:
    • Art. 119 FLLR.

    Notification to the public administration: No

    Remarks:
    • Notification is however required in the event of a dismissal of national employees (which only account for a small percentage of the workforce in the private sector). Under art.1.3 of the Ministerial Resolution No. 176 of 2009 "Restricting the Dismissal of UAE National Employees", the dismissal of a UAE national in unlawful if the employer failed to inform the Ministry of Labour at least 30 days prior to the dismissal or fails to comply with the Ministry's instructions within the designated times.

    Notification to workers' representatives: No

    Approval by public administration or judicial bodies: No

    Approval by workers' representatives: No