United Arab Emirates: New DIFC Employment Law coming Into Force

Further to our previous updates, we can now confirm that the long awaited new DIFC Employment Law will come into force on 28 August 2019.

The new DIFC Employment Law (DIFC Law No. 2 of 2019) has now been enacted and will replace the current law in its entirety.

The new law contains a number of material changes from both the current law and the draft law which was issued by the DIFC during the consultation period in March 2018. Some of the key changes are summarised in the article below.

It is important for all DIFC employers to review employment contracts, employee handbooks and any other employment policies and procedures to ensure consistency with the new law. We look forward to working with you to ensure that you are fully compliant as at the go-live date on 28 August. Please let us know whether you wish to set up a call or meeting to further discuss.

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Key Contacts:

Samir Kantaria
Partner, Head of Employment & Incentives

Gordon Barr
Partner, Employment & Incentives

Anna Marshall
Senior Associate, Employment & Incentives