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Bahrain’s New Labour Law: What’s in a day?

This post was contributed by Heros Leask, Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright (Middle East) LLP.

On September 2nd 2012, the Kingdomof Bahrain’s Legislative Decree Law No. 36 of 2012 (the New Law) took effect, replacing Decree No. 23 of 1976, the Labour Law for the Private Sector. The New Law was approved by the Bahraini Cabinet and brought into force a number of amendments to existing labour laws (largely reconciling differences between the public and private sectors). One of the changes enacted by the New Law has proved particularly controversial.

Under the previous Labour Law, employees … Continue Reading

Changes to the employment law in the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC)

The DIFC is a separate legal jurisdiction in Dubai.  It was established in 2004 and has its own civil and commercial laws which are based on common law principles and which seek to adhere to international standards.  One of these laws is the employment law.

DIFC employment law

The original DIFC employment law was introduced in 2005 and was modelled on international standards while taking into account some local factors.  By way of example, the original maternity leave provisions which allowed an employee up to 90 calendar days maternity leave (this has now been amended to 65 working days) are … Continue Reading

Emiratisation: what foreign businesses in the UAE need to know

For those familiar with the make-up of the workforce in the UAE, the policy of Emiratisation is nothing new, but recent statements made by the UAE’s Minister of Labour indicate that the project is now of top priority with 2013 being declared the “Year of Emiratisation”.

The initiative, previously launched by the UAE Government over a decade ago, is essentially dedicated to finding meaningful employment for its citizens in an effort to empower them to run the country (and thereby reducing the current reliance on the expatriate workforce) – for more information see

Emiratisation in Abu Dhabi

Traditionally, Emirati … Continue Reading