UAE to prosecute firms who deny benefits to workers on national service

Warning comes after the UAE issued a law implementing compulsory military service for Emirati men last year
UAE to prosecute firms who deny benefits to workers on national service
By Staff writer
Mon 26 Oct 2015 05:17 PM

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.

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