New UAE Labour Law – these are the new employment contracts that you will be able to sign


Workers in the UAE will soon have the option to sign not just a full-time employment contract, but a range of employment contracts, following the announcement of the new Labour Law.

Federal Law No. 33 of 2021 regarding the regulation of labour relations will come into effect from February 2, 2022, and covers various aspects of work-life, aimed at enhancing labour market flexibility and attracting the best talent.

Article 7 of the new law specifies the types of employment contracts a worker can sign.

a. Full-time employment contract – Under a full-time employment contract, the employee works full working days or hours.

b. Part-time employment contract – Under a part-time employment contract, the employee works limited hours of the total working days or hours.

c. Temporary employment contract – This refers to the type of work that is done for a specific time period, or is focused on a specific work, and ends with its completion.

d. Flexible employment contract – This refers to the type of work where working hours or days change according to the amount of work and the economic and operational changes with the employer. The worker may work for the employer at different times, according to circumstances and work requirements.

e. Any other contracts specified by the Executive Regulations of this Decree-Law.

2. The executive regulation sets the terms and conditions of employment contracts, as well as the obligations of both the employee and employer, according to each type.

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