By Sarah Townsend
Women will be entitled to three months’ leave under new human resources law
Government employees in Abu Dhabi will be entitled to an extra month of maternity leave under new laws announced this week.
Ruler of Abu Dhabi and UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan announced a new human resources (HR) law on Wednesday night.
Under the law, new mothers will be provided with full paid maternity leave for three months – two months is the national standard – and will be able to leave the workplace for two hours each day to take care of their babies for their first year.
Meanwhile, new fathers will be entitled to a three-day parental leave, according to the report on state news agency WAM.
The new HR law applies to all civilians working in government branches in Abu Dhabi, WAM said.
It details employees’ obligations and prohibited action, setting out disciplinary measures and investigative procedures.
The law introduces regulations for hiring Emirati citizens in part-time jobs and allows them to work flexible working hours.
It also makes it mandatory for government departments to hire people with disabilities in appropriate positions, and allows Emirati staff members to enroll in National Service if they meet entry requirements.
The law enables distinguished employees to be rewarded with an annual bonus subject to the executive council’s approval, WAM reported.