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Amnesty for unlawful employees

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has recently announced that a new security campaign has been launched to correct the expatriate status of all individuals who live and work in Saudi Arabia unlawfully in breach of Saudi Labour...more

Nitaqat - increase in Saudisation percentages

The Saudi Arabia Ministry of Labour and Social Development (MLSD) has recently announced a new Saudisation percentage in relation to the nationalisation or Nitaqat Programme. This indicates that the 'Balanced Nitaqat' that...more

Restrictions on collective redundancies of Saudi nationals

As part of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's wider Saudisation initiative, new legislation has been bought into force which prohibits employers from collectively dismissing its Saudi national employees without prior approval from...more

Changes to Nitaqat in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is re-visiting its Nitaqat program with a renewed focus on reducing unemployment in the Kingdom. This is the first time Nitaqat has been reviewed since it was implemented in 2011 and the revisions have several...more

7/27/2016  /  Ministry of Labour , Saudi Arabia

Summer working hours in GCC countries

Every year across the GCC countries, annual summer time working hours are implemented to protect the health and safety of employees pursuant to applicable Ministerial Resolutions. These Resolutions place restrictions on the...more

Be Alert Middle East: New employment contract template for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

The Ministry of Labour has officially announced and published the new employment contract template which should be completed in respect of all employees working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ("KSA"). The Articles included in...more

Be Alert Middle East: Dubai Health Insurance Cover – Your questions answered

Employers need to be aware that 30 June 2016 signifies the deadline by which all employees (regardless of the size of the employer) should have compulsory health insurance cover in accordance with the Dubai Health Insurance...more

Be Alert Middle East: Oman update

Three key development that employers in Oman need to be aware of include...more

Ramadan in the GCC: Practical Guide for Employers

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is now upon us. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and this year the holy month eid commenced on 6 June 2016 in the Middle East and is expected to last until 7 July...more

6/9/2016  /  Holidays , Kuwait , Oman , Qatar , Ramadan , UAE

Eid: A guide for UAE and KSA private sector employers

With the upcoming festival of Eid Al-Adha, employers in the region need to be mindful of the requirements around holidays, whilst also managing employee expectations and balancing the needs of the business. This article...more

9/22/2015  /  Employee Benefits , Holidays , UAE

Be Alert Middle East: Employment Law e-bulletin: New Wage Protection Scheme in Qatar

On 18 February 2015 Law No. 1 of 2015 was ratified by HH The Emir of Qatar. This law amends certain provisions in the Qatar Labour Law No. (14) of 2004 and introduces a new wage protection scheme in Qatar....more

Be Alert Middle East: New Dubai and Qatar Health Insurance Laws

Qatar, and most recently Dubai, have introduced a compulsory health insurance scheme. The scheme, which applies to all residents and visitors, stipulates that it is mandatory for employers to provide employees with health...more

Abu Dhabi Global Markets: New Regulations: Real Estate

Here we consider some key features of the ADGM Real Property Regulations 2015 (“the Regulations”) and highlight topics that may be of interest to our clients operating within the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), which...more

Abu Dhabi Global Markets: New Regulations: Strata

The ADGM Strata Title Regulations 2015 (the “Strata Regulations”) introduce a set of strata specific laws which deal with the stratification of real estate interests situated within the Abu Dhabi Global Market (“ADGM”), which...more

Abu Dhabi Global Markets: New Regulations: Employment Regulations

It remains the case that no UK employment statutes have been expressly listed as applying in the ADGM, however, although there are no express provisions relating to post-termination restrictions in the Employment Regulations,...more

7/31/2015  /  UAE

Abu Dhabi Global Markets: New Regulations: Application of English Law Regulations

The Application of English Law Regulations (in this section, the ‘’Regulations’’) provide for the application of English common law and certain English statutes in the Abu Dhabi Global Market, however, these...more

Be Alert Middle East: New Saudi Labour Law

The amendments to the Saudi Labour (Royal Decree No. M/46 of 05/06/1436) were published in the official gazette No. 4563 dated 24 April 2015. It has been announced by the Ministry of Labour that these will be implemented six...more

Ramadan in the GCC: Practical Guide for Employers

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan is fast approaching. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and this year the holy month is anticipated to commence around 18 June 2015 and last until 17 July 2015. The start...more

Be Alert: Summer Working Hours

With the summer time months approaching and the temperature and humidity continuing to rise, the annual summer working time hours will soon be implemented in the GCC countries. Summers in the Middle East are well known...more

Summer working hours in the GCC

With summer now upon us and the temperature and humidity continuing to rise, the annual summer time working hours restrictions will soon be implemented in the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, having already taken...more

6/27/2014  /  Employer Liability Issues
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