UAE: New Law Governs Workplace Relations

In the UAE, a new law will further regulate private sector work. Federal Decree-law no. 33 consists of 74 articles. Officials in the UAE say they hope to create more balance regarding public and private sector leaves, holidays, and working hours.

Here is some information from Gulf Today, regarding the changes:
– The decree-law stipulates that the employer may not sue or threaten to use any means that will force the employee to work for him or provide a service against his will.
– An expatriate employee on a full-time work system who has completed a year or more service will be entitled to end-of-service gratuity at the end of his service to be calculated according to the basic pay as follows: 21 days for each of the first five years of service and 30 days for each year in excess.
– Under the new law, ordinary working hours will not be more than eight hours per day or 48 hours per week. Employees must also have at least one day off per work.

Under current laws end-of-service gratuity is calculated at 7 days for employees who did not complete three years and 15 days for employees who completed three years, along with 21 days for those who worked for five years.

The new law will go into effect on Feb. 2, 2022.

Uganda: Altering Ages on Payroll
Something to watch out for in Uganda—public servants are altering people’s ages on payroll statements to avoid retirement.

Currently, the country requires all public servants to retire by age 60. The Ministry of Public Service (MoPS) recently announced around 1,000 senior public servants applied to change the age they listed on their applications during the hiring process.

Meanwhile, younger Ugandans are struggling to find jobs.

Kuwait: Potential Ban on Work Permit Renewal

Controversy is brewing in Kuwait, as a ban is still under consideration—on work permits for expats ages 60 and older. If the ban goes into place, people over age 60 could lose access to their bank accounts because access to these accounts involves having a civil ID card.

Under the proposal, expats also wouldn’t be able to send money back home to their families overseas.

Opponents of the ban warn that freezing expat’s ability to transfer money could help black marketers and increase illegal activity of money transfers.

Potential Insurance Increases in the UK
Payments into the National Insurance fund in UK could be rising. A significant tax increase of 1.25% could affect older residents.

The proposal to raise the insurance would take place in April 2022.

Officials recommend that those who pay tax through PAYE compare payslips. This is especially important for a worker who recently received a raise—so they can see how much their taxes increased.



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