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Employees with Covid-19 must be protected, government warns

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has called on establishments not to terminate the service of any employee proven to have been infected with Covid-19

Employees with Covid-19 must be protected, government warns

Employees who test positive for Covid-19 must be given sick leave in accordance with UAE federal laws, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation said on Friday.

In a statement, the Ministry said that any employee who has completed more than three months service after the end of their probation period is entitled to sick leave for up to 90 days for every year of service, for which they must be paid a full salary for 15 days and half salary for 30 days.

Employers are not required to pay any salary for the remaining 45 days.

The Ministry called on establishments not to terminate the service of any employee proven to have been infected with Covid-19.

Additionally, the Ministry said it was prepared to handle any complaint related to the termination of services amid the coronavirus pandemic. If not resolved in a “friendly manner”, cases will be referred to court for litigation to determine whether it constitutes lawful termination or arbitrary dismissal.

According to federal laws, “it is prohibited to place any restrictions or provision on patients carrying communicable diseases that would deny them their rights enshrined in the legislation in place in the country out of consideration of their health status.”

Companies must ensure that all leaves and amendments to contracts and salaries must be documented through the Wages Protection System (WPS).

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