Effective from March 26, 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) issued a new Ministerial Resolution No.279 of 2020 (Resolution). The update Resolution contains guidance to support UAE mainland employers regarding employment-related measures they can take in response to COVID-19.
WHY HAS THE RESOLUTION BEEN INTRODUCED?
The Resolution has been updated to adjust to the current climate. It is designed to provide direction and options that are legally available to onshore employers. There are effective sanction measures that an employer might be looking to apply (if they have not already). The Resolution applies to all onshore employers regulated by MOHRE. At this stage free zone companies in the UAE are not included however, it could be possible that it may apply in the future. The provisions of the Resolution are applicable only to non-national employees.
We take a closer look at the Resolution and how it will relate to businesses. The wording of the Resolution states that the measures must be carried out “gradually”. Currently it is unclear whether these measures need to put into practice in the order they appear and are set out within the Resolution.