2020 Legal changes and implications

2020 saw a number of legal changes in the UAE and the region. We saw the introduction and implementation of Economic Substance Reporting, creating a framework of regulation and disclosure. In November 2020, the decision to allow 100% foreign ownership for mainland companies was announced.

Paternity leave

Federal Decree Law No. 6 of 2020 (Article 74) grants new fathers in the private sector five working days of paid paternity leave. Fathers can decide when they’ll take these days within 6 months from the child’s birth. The UAE is the first country in the UAE to offer paid paternity leave for private sector employees. It’s another move by the country to enhance its position in the field of gender balance and to encourage young talent to work in the private sector.

Equal pay

The UAE underlines its commitment through the announcement of equal pay in the same decree (Article 32). The law ensures both men and women are paid the same compensation “if they perform the same work or another of equal value.” The new law requires in Article 32 the evaluation of equal jobs as defined by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE). The UAE Cabinet is expected to issue a resolution accordingly.

While the UAE Labour Law already included the principle of equal pay, the issuance is part of the UAE’s pro-active approach to monitoring and enforcing equal pay in the private sector and consequently strengthening the country’s competitiveness.

Join our webinar “Gender and Equal Pay”

What does the gender and equal pay legislation mean for you? Learn more during our next webinar on Monday, 11 January 2021, 11:00 am UAE. Agni Skafidas, Managing Director, OLAM Group and Thenji Moyo, Legal Director and Head of Employment Practice, Gateley UK LLP (Dubai Office) on Monday, will be discussing the implications of these legal changes. The webinar will focus on the following:

  • Legal overview – Amendments in the UAE Labour Law
  • Typical examples of pay disparity in an expatriate workplace
  • The impact of COVID-19 on the gender pay gap
  • Practical considerations:
    • Job evaluation and assessment
    • Equal pay audit
    • Grading considerations
    • Equal opportunities policies
    • Common pitfalls in other jurisdictions

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