Federal Law on Regulation of Labour Relations

    United Arab Emirates

    Federal Law on Regulation of Labour Relations

    The United Arab Emirates (‘UAE’) Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 on Regulation of Labour Relations (‘the Law’) specifies the provisions for employee-to-employer relationships in both the private and public sector. The Law aims to ensure the maintenance of a functional and congruent workplace environment, and to facilitate productive working relationships between employee and employer. In particular, Section 10 stipulates the measures which must be taken by employers to ensure the employees’ health and safety. 

    Last Updated: July 30, 2019

  • Requirements

    Under Article 41 of the Law, when an employer subcontracts to a third party, the latter is liable for ensuring all employee entitlements comply with the Law.  

    According to Articles 91 to 101, it is the employers‘ duty to ensure the health and safety of their employees by: 

    • providing appropriate safety measures and protection against any possible injuries or diseases that may occur during employment, where prescribed by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs; 
    • displaying detailed instructions for these measures in the workplace in a place where they can be seen; 
    • providing one first-aid kit for every 100 workers; 
    • ensuring each the cleanliness, ventilation, lighting, drinking water and toilet facilities of each workplace is adequate; 
    • providing regular general medical examinations, of intervals of not more than six months; 
    • informing each worker of any potential occupation hazards of their role and how these must be managed; and 
    • supplying workers in remote areas with suitable means of transport, living accommodation, drinking water, food supplies, first-aid, recreation and sports facilities. 
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