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03 March 2024

Moving staff from Abu Dhabi to Dubai? Not by force, MoL


Employers moving their employees to another company location must ensure their rights are maintained, according to the UAE Labour Ministry.
The ministry clarified the rule after intervening to settle a dispute between an Abu Dhabi-based employer and a doctor, after she complained that the company decided to move her to Dubai in a bid to force her to resign.
The unnamed doctor told the ministry that her employers wanted her to resign so they would not have to pay her benefits as per her two-year job contract.
“The ministry made sure that employers have the right to move their employees within company branches, but this move must not hurt the rights of the employee.

“This contradicts the ministry’s policy intended to regulate the labour market instead of making coercive decisions against employees,” ‘Emarat Al Youm’ daily said.

It said the ministry managed to reach a cordial settlement in the dispute between the firm and the doctor, allowing the company to end the contract and pay the doctor her month salary plus 45-day’s wages and an air ticket to her home country.
The ministry also allowed the doctor to reserve her right to move to another company in the UAE, the report said.