UAE authorities have warned they will take legal action against companies who deny workers benefits, such as bonuses, pension or other agreed privileges, as a result of them undertaking national service.
The emirates in June 2014 issued a law implementing compulsory military service for Emirati men. The law is applied to all males between the ages of 18 and 30 and in good medical health, while participation for women is optional and will require the approval of their legal guardians.
Under UAE law, during a worker’s period of national service, their benefits and privileges including bonuses, pension or other rights and privileges must continue.
However, the National Service and Reserve Authority (NSRA) said on Monday it will refer all worker grievances it receives to the judicial authorities. It said it had found that a number of employing entities who were approached refused to cooperate, the state news agency WAM reported.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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