More annual leave, remote working in new government HR law

The new law includes 141 articles with new causes covering topics such as Emiratisation, learning and development.
More annual leave, remote working in new government HR law
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Mon 02 Jul 2018 09:24 AM

A new human resources law from the Dubai government will give its employees more leave days and promotion opportunities and will allow for remote working, it was announced on Sunday.

The new law - which was approved by Sheikh Mohammed, Ruler of Dubai – is aimed at enhancing government performance, encouraging creativity and innovation and attracting talent.

The new law includes 141 articles, compared to 231 previously, with new clauses covering topics such as Emiratisation, scholarship, learning and development.

Among the features of the revised law are an increase in annual leave for grade 8 employees from 22 days to 25, as well as an increase from 15 days to 18 days of leave for grade 7 workers. With approval from their line manager, government employees will now also be able to receive overtime compensation.

Additionally, the law introduces the option to work remotely, and allows government employees to receive ticket allowance of children up to 21 years of age, compared to the previous 18. Emirati employees will also now be given ticket allowance for all their children, while it had previously been capped at three.

Employees will also be able to apply for any open vacancy within their organisation and be assigned to a new post even if they do not necessarily meet the official criteria for the new post.

In a statement, Sheikh Mohammed said that the new law “echoes our commitment for securing an appropriate work environment for all employees of the government of Dubai as a key element in our development plans.”

“Our objective is to ensure a strong work-life balance and stability for all government employees, regardless of their position, in order to encourage them to make use of their full potential,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

“The new legislation also reflects our vision for ensuring a better future for our employees and the happiness of their family.”

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