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This page is dedicated to keeping readers informed of the latest news and thought leadership articles from law firms across the globe.

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Ramadan Etiquette's: Holy Month of Ramadan in UAE

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Hijri Calendar. It is viewed as the holiest month of the year and annually observing the month of Ramadan is considered as one most important pillar of Islam. Best Lawyers of Dubai, before this holy month of Ramadan, would like to express a few changes during this month in UAE and activities which should be prevented during this month.

UAE Employment Essentials for Employers, Entrepreneurs and Investors

I.            Introduction

UAE Federal Law No. 8/1980 as amended (the "Labor Law") governs all employment matters apart from government employees, agricultural and domestic employees, and employees working in the Dubai International Financial Centre ("DIFC") and the Abu Dhabi Global Market ("ADGM"). Both the DIFC and ADGM are economic free zones that are separate jurisdictions and have their own employment laws to which the Labor Law does not apply. All other free zones located within the UAE have their respective employment rules and regulations that are in accordance with the Labor Law.

Update: Ministerial Decision for Part-Time Contract Workers in the UAE

 Part-time jobs are still a subject of doubt for many UAE residents. Our Associate, Sarra Alsamarrai highlighted some of the key considerations of the Ministerial Resolution which allows part-time work in the UAE to be conducted without the approval of an employee’s sponsor. Click on the link below to read the full article.

Al Rowaad is Available Around the Clock 24/7

Al Rowaad Advocates is also pleased to announce it is now even easier to access our team of legal experts in Abu Dhabi and Dubai at any time. We understand that legal emergencies can happen at any moment, so we have created two round-the-clock services through which you can reach us. 


November 2013 - Employment. Legal Developments by Hadef & Partners.

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In this article, Jamie Liddington addresses some of the questions which employers frequently pose when dealing with post-termination restrictions.


A common fear among employers is the risk that senior employees (in particular, those in possession of confidential information or who have formed close client or customer connections) leave to join a competitor or set up their own competing business. While Federal Labour Law No.8 of 1980 (as amended) (the "Labour Law") includes provisions which seek to assist employers in trying to prevent this risk from materialising, it remains a vexed topic among employers as the application of the Labour Law in relation to this topic often gives rise to uncertainty.



November 2013 - Employment. Legal Developments by Hadef & Partners.

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Reece Leggett helps employers and employees understand their rights and obligations.  In brief this article addresses the law surrounding annual leave. In particular it discusses:


·         an employee's minimum leave entitlement;


·         situations where accrued leave can be carried forward to another year or encashed; and


·         how accrued but unused leave is treated at the end of an employee's period of service.


Both employers and employees need to understand their rights and obligations when it comes to annual leave. In most cases employees will use up their annual leave allowance during the course of the year.  However situations arise where an employee is unable or chooses not to take accrued annual leave. This may be because an employer requires an employee to work through a holiday to complete an urgent project, or alternatively an employee may try to accumulate annual leave (by not taking it) over a long period in anticipation for a larger payout when they leave.  Employers and employees must be careful as these actions may inadvertently not comply the law, or result in the leave entitlement being lost without recourse or recompense.




February 2013 - Employment. Legal Developments by Hadef & Partners.

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"On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you'll see why 1984 won't be like "1984""

The Reluctant Poacher - Focusing on the fundamentals

November 2012 - Employment. Legal Developments by Hadef & Partners.

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Foreign labour migration in the UAE (and, indeed, the AGCC in general) is characteristically transient, a trait which is further exacerbated by the increasing liberalisation of local sponsorship transfer rules. The departure of the original employer's talent pool to a competitor will inevitably impact upon its business, especially if the departures lead to loss of key customers or clients, damage to the company's competitive edge and other critical elements of profitability. Mandeep Kalsi reports