Employment & Labour Law

The Federal Decree Law no. 33 of 2021 concerning the regulation of labour relations (the “New UAE Labour Law”) is the most significant amendment of its kind since the existing labour law was first established in 1980. The New UAE Labour Law aims to enhance regulations for different work categories and provides greater protection for employees and introduce more flexibility into the workplace. Pursuant to the Law, unlimited contracts (i.e., Federal Law No. (8) of 1980) still apply but must be converted from unlimited to limited contracts within one year of enforcement of the New UAE Labour Law. Therefore, updated employment contracts will need to be drafted by companies in the private sector and entered into by 1 February 2023.

Binu Karthikeyan’s dedicated Employment Law practice has gained a widespread reputation for providing specialist legal service, tailored to clients’ commercial objectives and HR strategies. His expertise spans all aspects of employment law ranging from routine advice to well-structured documentation to local and international businesses across a multitude of sectors, whether onshore or within the free zones.

As productive and Satisfied employees are a key ingredient to business success, effective HR management cannot be achieved without legal guidance. Binu is able to provide the full spectrum of employment support to clients ranging from drafting policies, procedures, and employment contracts to employee disputes through local UAE courts. Also, He regularly advises individual employees in relation to the enforcement of their employment rights. 

  • Policies, procedures and contractual documentation (Employment contracts, secondment arrangements, and employee handbooks,)
  • Non-Disclosure, non-solicitation, and non-competition (Agreements and, breaches)
  • Consultancy and other types of employment agreements
  • Disciplinary and dismissal procedures
  • Settlement agreements ;( Settlement negotiation and End of service gratuity)
  • Discrimination
  • Employee data protection
  • Regulatory issues
  • Ministry of Labour compliance
  • Drafting and remodeling of service contracts
  • Employment aspects of the merger, acquisitions, and disposals including due diligence.
  • Business Reorganisations (transfer of employment, change of employment conditions, redundancy and termination management)
  • All forms of employment disputes and Claims
  • Litigation Assistance (Before the relevant labor authorities, labor courts, and other courts)
  • Employment Contracts