Federal Decree – Law No. 33 of 2021 on the regulation of labour relations in the private sector came into force on 2 February 2022. The law is designed to enhance employment rights and boost the competitiveness of the UAE as a place to live and work, helping the region to attract and retain world class talent.
Significant changes have been introduced to family leave entitlements, discrimination laws, termination of employment and ‘non-compete’ clauses in employment contracts. The new law also makes provision for businesses to put in place part-time and flexible working arrangements.
Here, we summarise some of the most significant changes to the legislative framework.