Leave Salary – What are you eligible for?

Leave salary and  Basis of Calculation

Every employee under UAE Labour lawOpens in a new tab. is entitled to Annual Leave. Read here about Annual Leave. Many companies and employers, in violation of UAE Labour Law, pay only Basic salary or no salary at all during annual leave. UAE Labour Law clearly states about Leave Salary.

What are you eligible for? ARTICLE 78

The employee shall receive his basic pay in addition to housing allowance, if any for the annual leave days. However if the exigencies of work necessitate that the employee works during his annual leave in whole or in part, and the period of leave during which he has worked, has not been carried forward to the next year, the employer ought to pay him his wage in addition to cash in lieu of leave for his working days based on his basic pay.

Note: Basic salary and Housing allowance are to be paid during annual leave. If employee is made to work during the annual leave, he should be paid cash (on basis of basic salary) in lieu in addition to the leave salary.

What if I have not availed the annual leaves? ARTICLE 79

The employee is entitled to receive cash in lieu of annual leave days not availed by him, if he was dismissed or if he left the service, after the period of notice stipulated by law. Cash in lieu of leave is calculated on the bases of pay received by the employee at the time of maturity of such leave.

Note: An employee is eligible for cash in lieu of leave not utilised.

What if I resign and I have annual leaves pending? ARTICLE 80

Remuneration due to an employee plus that of the approved leave under this law shall be paid in full by the employer to the employee before the latter’s departure on annual leave.

Note: Leave salary should be paid prior to proceeding on annual leave.

What if I work during holidays? ARTICLE 81

If exigencies of work necessitate that the employee work on holidays or rest days against which he receives full or partial pay he shall be compensated in lieu thereof with increase in pay by 50% of his wage, but if he has not been compensated for the same with a leave, the employer shall pay him an increase to his basic wage equivalent to 150% of the days of work.

Note: If the employee has to work during holidays, he must be compensated as above.

I hope this clarifies many things. As an employee, you must be aware of your rights under UAE Labour LawOpens in a new tab.. For this reason, I urge you to download copy of UAE Labour LawOpens in a new tab. and read it.

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