UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MOHRE) has recently issued
new Ministerial Resolution number 279 of the 2020 concerning Employment
stability for non-national employees working in the private sector amidst the
period of applying precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus/COVID-19
within the country (new Ministerial Resolution).
MOHRE has issued this Resolution in line with the UAE Labor Law and to safeguard
the interest of employers and employees during this pandemic. The outbreak of
coronavirus/COVID-19 has severally impacted worlds economy thereby impacting all
large or small companies globally and as a result businesses are taking several
precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus in line with the rules
and regulations issued by the government of the said country depending on
In similar lines, UAE has implemented numerous measures such as issuance of this
Resolution to protect the interest of public at large and foreign expatriates
residing and working within UAE.
The Ministerial Resolution obliges the private sector to work pursuant to the
provision of this Resolution by establishing a relation between the employer and
non-national employees with an intention to safeguard the interest of both
parties during the period of preventing spread of Coronavirus. Article 2 of the
resolution allows the employer to re-arrange the relation with the non-national
employees in the following manner:
- To set up a remote working system
- Grant paid or unpaid leave
- Temporary or permanent salary reduction during the period or thereafter.
Virtual Labor Market
MOHRE has set up a virtual labor market allowing employers and employees to
check online the job opportunities or vacancies and other services. It is
further pertinent for all establishments employing non-national workers in
abundance to register their details on virtual labor market for enabling
rotation of workers depending on their need in the office allowing the employers
to stay committed towards payment of workers entitlements (except salaries) till
they are in the country.
On the contrary, if the company is wishing to employee non-national workers,
they may announce job vacancy on virtual labor market and search the relevant
employees that suits their requirement and apply for their work permits provided
by Ministry through electronic or smart systems.
In addition to the foregoing, all non-national workers presently residing in UAE
and looking for new job opportunities may register their credentials in the
virtual labor market and apply for the vacancies posted by other establishments
depending upon their requirements and suitability.
Reduction of Salaries
The new Ministerial Resolution allows the establishment to temporarily or
permanently reduces the salaries of the non-national workers in the company. In
such event, Article 5 of the Resolution allows temporary reduction in the salary
during the said period under following conditions:
- The employer shall make a temporary amendment to the employment contract
in the way as specified by the Ministry, subject to the expiry period
mentioned or till the validity of this Resolution, whichever is earlier.
- The employer may renew the amendment as agreed between both the parties.
- The copy of the amendment shall be given to the employee as well and to
the Ministry, as when requested.
Nevertheless, the companies willing to permanently reduce the salary of
non-national employees shall apply for employment contract details amendment for
seeking approval of the Ministry prior to reducing salaries of the employees.