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Key aspects of the new UAE Labour Law

Hiring staff or renewing employee contracts in the UAE? Download our briefing table which outlines the key features of the new Labour Law.


Employers in the UAE should now be fully compliant with 2015 Labour Law changes made under Ministerial Decrees 764, 765 and 766, which have been in force since the start of the year.

These decrees specifically relate to:

  • Standard work contract
  • Terminating a work contract
  • Granting a new work permit

The changes are summarised in a PDF which you can download at the bottom of this page.

Any and all provisions of previous ministerial decrees that are contrary to, or inconsistent with, the provisions in the present decrees are invalid. All previous laws regarding granting of work permits are cancelled following the implementation of the new law.

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With experts on hand in our UAE office, we can advise you on the best solution for your employees locally, whether that be the type of contract, the contract terms or assistance with preparing their employment contracts. We can also help you with the administrative process and immigration requirements for residency visas, work permits and labour cards and identity cards as well as ensuring full compliance to the local laws and Ministry of Labour requirements.

If you are hiring new employees, changing employee status or making structural changes in your UAE entities, talk to us about managing these changes in an effective and compliant manner.

Need more information? Download the .PDF and get in touch with our experts in the UAE.

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