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DIFC introduces new Covid-19 measures for firms and workers

Any DIFC-based employee who contracts Covid-19 or has been quarantined by the local authorities will retain full remuneration

DIFC introduces new Covid-19 measures for firms and workers

Dubai International Financial Centre.

Dubai International Financial Centre rolled out a plan to provide greater flexibility for employers and more protection to employees working within the tax-free business park.

The DIFC directive is effective from April 21 until July 31, according to a statement.

For Employers:

  • Employers can now impose reduced working hours, paid or unpaid leave, reduced pay, restrict workplace access and put in place remote working conditions without the consent of their employees
  • Any permanent changes will require employee consent

For employees:

  • Any DIFC-based employee who contracts Covid-19 or has been quarantined by the local authorities will retain full remuneration
  • Covid-19-related sick leave pay and any such sick leave shall not be counted toward annual sick leave entitlement

The DIFC business park is home to the regional offices of banks including Citigroup Inc., Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Morgan Stanley.

The United Arab Emirates, which Dubai is a part, has 9,813 confirmed virus cases. The nation is easing virus-related restrictions.

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