Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Changes in labor law mooted :: Gulf News

"A worker may not be forced to buy any food or commodities from certain shops or produced by the employer," the draft states.
The draft, for the first time, determines a retirement age of 60 years and authorises employers to downsize for emiratisation, economic or structural reasons.
Is that mandatory retirement; will some sectors be exempted? And was it not legal to downsize in the past?
The end of service gratuity, currently 21 days' basic salary for each year of the first five years of service, will be 15 days if the draft is approved.

The rule on the 30 days' salary for each additional year will remain unchanged. However, this article will not be retrospective.
The GN headline calls the changes "radical." Not sure they are.



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