Dubai Chamber of Commerce, one of the three chambers operating under Dubai Chambers, together with law firm Trowers & Hamlins LLP, recently organised a UAE Employment Law Workshop to ensure members are kept up to date with recent changes in the Employment Law that regulates the employment relationships.
Held at Dubai Chambers’ headquarters and attended by 130 participants, the half-day workshop provided an interactive platform to examine key issues, highlight substantial changes and identify new requirements – vital information for businesses operating in the UAE.
Significant changes were introduced in the latest Employment Law relating to types of employment contracts, probation, family leave entitlements, equality and non-discrimination, termination of employment and end of service entitlements.
Jehad Kazim, Vice President, Legal Services, Dubai Chamber of Commerce, said: “As an organisation wholly driven by our members’ needs, we strive to deliver the latest guidance and awareness on relevant legal issues to help them thrive and achieve growth, innovation and prosperity.
“It’s important that we help the business community stay abreast of Employment Law to avoid any issues. The 12-month grace period given to employers to ensure their contractual arrangements are in full compliance will end in February 2023; therefore, the workshop today is timely and relevant.”
The provisions of the Employment Law apply to all businesses, employees and employers in the private sector.
Delivered by Anshul Kalra, Senior Employment Lawyer, and Bill Jefferies, Partner, at Trowers & Hamlins LLP, the workshop also offered the chance for business owners and entrepreneurs to better understand the changes regarding varied working arrangements, new visa rules and the unemployment insurance scheme.
Anshul Kalra, said: “We had a successful workshop and some lively discussion with the attendees around current themes and trends in UAE Employment Law. The latest developments in the law come in response to rapidly changing workplace norms and technological advancements and are in line with Dubai’s drive to promote a world-leading business-friendly environment for employers and employees alike.”
Dubai Chamber of Commerce regularly organises workshops around topics of interest to the businesses in the Emirate, in a bid to raise awareness among them about legal developments that impact the business environment, while striving to establish an ecosystem that incentivises and supports businesses.