What happens if the company you work for is sold ?

Company being sold: what happens to employees?

I never paid attention to these queries which I had received in the past, “What happens if the management of the company changes or if my company where I work is sold by the owner?”

UAE Labour Law has an Article which clearly states as to ‘what happens if there is any change in the company’s legal status?


Article 126 of UAE Labour Law mentions below:

If any change takes place in the form of the establishment or in its legal status, valid contracts at the time of change shall continue to exist so between the new employer and the employees of the establishment, and service shall be deemed to be continuous. Both the former and the new employers shall jointly be liable for a period of six months for the fulfilment of obligations arising from contracts of employment in the period prior to such change and after the lapse of the said period the new employer shall be solely responsible.

Explanation: This Article clarifies lot of details with regard to the doubts. Basically it mentions that if ever the company where you work is sold or if there is a change in the legal status of the company, the employment contracts which are valid at that time remain valid. This means, the new owner can not change the employment contracts of the employees just because they have bought the company. Further, it states that, for the first 6 months of the new employer, for all obligations within the employment contract of employees, the new employer and old employer are jointly responsible to fulfil the obligations. These obligations could include, salary, medical insurance, overtime, commissions, bonus, housing etc. After the first 6 months of being sold, the old employer has no obligations and all the obligations are with the new employer.

This way UAE Labour Law protects the rights of the employees and employers. It also provides enough time for the new employer to judge the workings of the company so that they are clear over a period of 6 months, how the company operates. Hope this has clarified your doubts.

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Deepak is a passionate blogger with interests in bitcoin, online marketing, and writing.

8 thoughts on “What happens if the company you work for is sold ?

  1. hello sir how do i cancel my employment visa if
    my employer run away my visa is limited what i should do?

  2. Hello Mr. Deepak,
    My contract is limited and Im now 8 months to my company where Im serving, suddenly my company told me to stop to work and accused me POOR PERFORMANCE. no any warning letter nor one month notice, and they said I am free to find a job and they will give me release.
    My question is.. I can transfer to any company without labour ban?

  3. Hi Deepak, Thanks for your valuable inputs. What if the company is closed down. My company closed down. It has given all the employees 2 months salary as compensation & accommodation. Many of the employees are still looking for jobs. Is there anyway the MOL can help those employees?? Is 2 months a valid compensation??Thanks.

  4. good day.I have absconding case. and finished my eyescan now I’m In Philippines.
    what happen if I pay my ban in uae.can I enter again that country.thanks.pls reply me
    last august 2016 my eyescan .

  5. Hello sir i am fince 2 yers i change the company.
    My visa last date in10/06 /2016 /just I wating for visa I’m over stay in uae what is result give me the sulation Plz.

  6. I am Abdul Vahab,

    Company sold out , I am still working 18 years, New employer still not provide the job, what is the statutory dues , or eligible to get any compensation, please advise.

  7. hi deepak

    i have another question if my visa cancel before jan 2016 i will have automatic ban but when jan 2016 comes i still have ban because my visa was cancel before 2016 or i will no longer have a ban since i am a bachelors deegre? that time can i find another job even if its below 5000dh any job i want, sales for example

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