The UAE announces an additional salary for employees on National Day leave

ahmed atef - | UAE

According to a recent announcement by the United Arab Emirates, a worker who is required to work on public holidays is entitled to leave or compensation.

Question: I work in Dubai for a private company. Wednesday is my weekly off. I have been instructed to work as usual on December 2, 3, and 4, which are Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, as the UAE has declared them to be paid holidays. Will I receive three days off in compensation? Which law is it?

In response to your inquiries, it is presumed that you work for a mainland Dubai company. Consequently, the Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021 about the Regulation of Employment Relations and its requirements are relevant.

Labor law in the UAE

According to announcements made by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) or the appropriate municipal authority, employees in the United Arab Emirates are entitled to public holidays. The Employment Law's Article 28(1), which specifies that "The employee shall be entitled to official leave with full pay in public holidays determined by decision of the Cabinet," is in line with this.

Get compensatory leave

Additionally, if a worker works on a public holiday, they are entitled to compensatory leave or compensation in addition to an additional payment supplement of at least 50% of their base wage. This complies with Article 28(2) of the Employment Law, which says that an employee "shall be compensated with a substitute rest day for each day worked, or be paid his salary for normal working days plus a supplement of at least (50%) fifty per cent of his basic salary for that day" if work circumstances demand that they work on holidays.

Number of days of compensatory leave

In accordance with the aforementioned legal rules, your employer is required to provide you with three days of compensatory leave if they request that you work on public holidays in honor of the UAE National Day. As an alternative to giving you three days of compensatory leave, your employer will pay you extra for working on public holidays in addition to a supplement equal to at least 50% of your base wage.

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