With a new labour law coming into effect in the UAE from next year, the legislation that will govern employer-employee relations in the private sector will be updated from February 2, 2022.
Under the Federal Decree Law No. 33 of 2021 regulating labour relations, to be effective from February 2, 2022, clearly mentioned about UAE sick leaves and how sick leave would be calculated:
- The employee must report to the employer any injuries or illnesses preventing him from working within a maximum period of three working days and shall submit a medical report about his condition from the medical institution.
- The employee is not entitled to any paid sick leave during the probation period. However, the employer may grant him an unpaid sick leave, based on a medical report issued by the medical institution stating that the leave is necessary.
- If an employee successfully completes probationary period, the employee is entitled to sick leave not more than 90 days either continuous or intermittent per each year of service, computed as below:
a. The first 15 days with full pay.
b. The next 30 days with half pay.
c. Subsequent period without pay.
- If the employee’s illness is directly caused by his misconduct according to cases determined by the Executive Regulations of this Decree-Law he or she is not entitled to any wages during the sick leave
- The employer may dismiss the worker if he/she fails to report to work, after exhausting their sick leave referred to in this article, and the worker shall reserve all his/her entitlements pursuant to the provisions of this Decree-Law and its Executive Regulations.