Monday, July 11, 2011

Labour rights under husband's sponsorship in UAE

My wife has been working in a company for almost three years under a limited period contract that expires after six months. She is on my sponsorship and has a work permit. My questions are: Can my wife resign immediately or does she need to give one-month notice to the company as per the law? If the company does not accept her resignation, will the Ministry of Labour impose a ban on her although she is under my sponsorship? What are my wife’s rights for end-of-service gratuity in accordance with the labour law?

The questioner’s wife is working on a contract for a limited period and if the contract is terminated pre-term, she will lose her labour rights except the right related to leaves only. Also, the wife might be requested to compensate the employer an amount equivalent to a salary for 45 days if the employer proves that he suffered a loss or was affected by such behaviour. Finally, the employer might request the Ministry of Labour to impose a one-year ban on the wife due to this violation even if the wife is not under the company’s sponsorship.

Questions answered by Advocate Mohammad Ebrahim Al Shaiba of Al Bahar Advocates and Legal Consultants.