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Longer leaves, shorter working hours under new Dubai law

The annual leave for all government employees in Dubai has been increased, according to a new human resources law issued on Sunday. Employees of grades eight to 11 will get 25 paid leaves as opposed to the 22 they got previously, while those of grade seven and below will receive 18 instead of 15.

This was among the many new benefits stipulated by the law announced by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to provide a "supportive work environment" for employees in the government sector.

"The new law translates our vision for a better future for our employees and giving them happiness," Sheikh Mohammed tweeted. "We aim to accomplish the requirements of success by giving our employees a stable environment in both employment and social sectors.

Among other new articles in the law is yearly travel allowances for Emirati employees' family members aged under 21 years, instead of 18. Expat employees will receive travel allowances for three children aged under 21 years.

The law stipulates a 10-day leave for employees mourning the death of a spouse, while another five days will be given when second-degree relatives die.

People with determination have been given additional benefits, with reduced working hours depending on necessity and right to five special paid leaves. They will also be given priority for employment opportunities.

The mandatory 40-hour work requirement per week has been removed, with employees eligible for overtime. Employees can also apply for any in-house promotions and are eligible for "periodic bonuses".

The law encourages Dubai government employees to further their education and grants a five-day paid leave for those working on research and academic papers.

Hailing the new law, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, tweeted: "It is an important boost to Dubai's ongoing efforts to update the work environment and institutional infrastructure of the government and maintain international standards."

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Source: khaleejtimes

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