Early quitters set to incur ban and fine

Employees who break contracts will face a 45 day fine and a one-year ban according to a ruling by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs

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By  Rhys Jones Published  August 21, 2004

Employess who are bound by a limited labour contract and quit their jobs without notice will incur a one-year ban, warned a labour official at the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Workers who leave prematurely will also face a salary deduction of 45 days according to the UAE’s labour laws. “Employees who abandon their jobs before the expiry of their labour contract period and without an earlier notice, will get a one-year ban and will not be entitled to end of service benefits if their continuous period of service was less than five years, said Mohammed Ali Galoum, head of Labour Disputes and Compensation Department of the ministry. Galoum added that if a worker who is bound by a limited period contract leaves his work on his own accord before the expiry of his contract, he will not be entitled to severance pay unless his continuous period of service exceeded five years. The statement came after a dispute involving two Asian labourers was amicably settled after the workers had left their jobs without notice and before the expiry of their contract. “The ministry has decided to impose a one-year ban on the two workers for failing to notify the employer of their intentions to quit. They were asked to compensate the employer and were not entitled to get end-of-service benefits,” said Galoum. Galoum said the ministry had convinced the employer to pay the workers the overtime benefits and their leave salary, in a bid to peacefully resolve the problem. He added that employees should respect and abide by the labour contract.

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