UAE Labour Law: What to Do If Your Work Contract Differs from Offer Letter [2024 Guide]

Last Updated on July 9, 2024 by Vadim

Learn your rights and actions to take if your UAE employment contract doesn’t match your original job offer. Expert legal advice on navigating discrepancies.

Key Points:

  • Contracts must legally match offer letter terms
  • Employees can request amendments if discrepancies found
  • Starting work without a contract can complicate matters
  • Some legal changes to contracts are possible

Legal Basis

Ayesha Zia, Dr. Mahmood Hussain Advocates and Legal Consultancy LLC: “Ministerial Decree No. 46 of 2022 and Ministerial Decision No. 764 of 2015 require employment contracts to conform with job offers.”

What to Do If Contracts Differ

  1. Raise the issue with your employer
  2. Request amendments to match the offer letter
  3. Keep records of all communications
  4. Contact MOHRE if employer refuses to rectify

Working Without a Contract

Sunil Ambalavelil, Corporate Lawyer: “If you’ve started work based on an offer letter, this can be grounds to request contract amendments.”

Legal Contract Changes

Allowed changes:

  • Additional benefits for employees
  • Mutually agreed terms
  • Changes approved by MOHRE

Illegal changes:

  • Making employee pay for visa
  • Waiving end-of-service benefits
  • Removing statutory leave entitlements

Understanding these rights helps UAE employees ensure fair treatment and compliance with labour laws.

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