UAE Notice Period Rules: What to Do If You Need to Quit Immediately

Last Updated on July 10, 2024 by Vadim

Learn about UAE Labour Law regulations on notice periods and what happens if you need to leave your job quickly for a new opportunity.

Key Points:

  • Notice periods typically range from 30 to 90 days
  • Failing to serve notice period can result in financial liabilities
  • Compensation equals gross salary for the entire notice period

UAE Labour Law on Notice Periods

Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 governs private sector labour relations in the UAE. Key points:

  1. Both employers and employees must provide written notice when terminating a contract
  2. Notice period allows for smooth handover and replacement hiring
  3. Failing to serve notice period requires compensation to the employer

Understanding Compensation for Notice Period

Zeiad Yehia, Senior Legal Counsel at Kashwani Law Firm, explains: “Compensation equals the worker’s wage for the entire notice period, including allowances, regardless of actual harm caused to the employer.”

Calculation of Notice Period Allowance

  • Based on last wage received by worker
  • Applies whether salary is monthly, weekly, daily, or hourly

Legal Basis

Article 43, Clause 3 of UAE Labour Law states: “The party who did not abide by the notice period shall pay compensation equal to the worker’s wage for the full notice period or remaining part thereof.”

Important Considerations

  • Employers may deduct compensation from final settlement
  • Disputes may lead to court cases
  • Gross salary (including allowances) is used for calculation

Understanding these rules can help you navigate job transitions more effectively in the UAE, even when faced with immediate job offers.

Further Reading

If you’re interested in learning more about UAE Labor Law, here are some essential articles that cover various aspects of the topic. These resources will help you understand your rights and obligations as an employee in the UAE.

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