Private sector employers are not allowed to give their employees a new probation period in case the workers move to another company owned by the same employer, according to the Ministry of Labour.
A decision by employers to sack new workers at their firms after moving from a company owned by the same employer will be considered arbitrary even if the sacking occurred in the first few days, the Ministry said.
“A worker must not be subject to a new probation period after switching to a new job in a company owned by the same employer,” a Ministry official said, quoted by the Dubai-based Emarat Alyoum Arabic language newspaper.
“The probation period must also not exceed six months and there must be no minimum period for probation…in case a new worker who just moved to a new company owned or partly held by that employer is sacked, the Ministry will consider this as an arbitrary decision which violates the work contract.”
The paper said the official was reacting to complaints by many workers who have been subject to new job contracts and probation periods after moving to a new company owned by their previous employers.