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Published: 2019-10-29   

Labor Law Facts: What to Remember Before Moving to a New Job

Let the UAE Labor Law be your ultimate guide in making a graceful exit from your company.

Let the UAE Labor Law be your ultimate guide in making a graceful exit from your company.

Moving jobs is one big decision you have to think about very carefully. Always weigh your options, and above all: Siguraduhin na alam mo ang mga rules, penalties at legal consequences according to the UAE Labor Law.

Ignorance of the law is not an excuse. Know what you have to get ready for before even deciding to welcome a new job opportunity.

Human resource expert Jay-Mar Ismael, PHRi, Human Resource and Business Development Manager at a recruitment company, recommend that you do following things before quitting your current job and moving on to the new one.

Tip No. 1. Finishing a contract term is always the best way to go.
Experts advise it is better that you finish your contract before leaving the company.

Pagkatapos nito, maaari ka nang magdesisyon kung magrerenew ka o hindi. Dahil ayon sa batas, ang sinumang lumabag sa kasunduang napapaloob sa isang fixed-term employment contract, empleyado man o employer, ay kailangang magbayad sa kabilang panig.

Halimbawa, kung magre-resign ka nang hindi pa tapos ang kontrata at nang walang legal na dahilan, kailangan mong magbayad sa iyong employer. According to Article 116 of the UAE Labor Law, “the amount of compensation [must] not exceed the wage of half a month for the period of three months, or for the remaining period of the contract, whichever is shorter.”

Tip No. 2. Formalize your resignation in writing.
Ang employment relationship ay isang contractual relationship na nakapaloob sa isang legally
binding agreement.

Ayon Article 113 ng UAE Labor Law, ang employment contract ay maaaring tapusin ng isang empleyado sa pamamagitan ng pagsulat ng resignation letter na sasangayunan naman ng employer, maliban na lamang kung nakasaad sa kontrata ng naturang empleyado na may extension period, bago maging epektibo ang date ng kanyang notice period.

Tip No. 3. Give your company a notice period.
Ang pagbibigay ng notice period ay depende sa posisyon mo sa kumpanya.

May mga kumpanyang humihingi ng more than 30 days na notice period, due to the nature of the responsibility of the employee. But normally, as mandated by UAE Labor Law, a 30-day notice should be served.

Tip No. 4. Mandatory 6-month ban could be avoided.
Ayon sa amended UAE Law of 2016, if the work permit and employment are terminated in mutual agreement, hindi mapapatawan ng six months labor ban ang isang empleyado.

Ayon din sa probisyon ng batas, kung degree holder ka with a salary of DH12000 and above, or may high school diploma ka with a salary of DH7000 and above, or kung ikaw ay certificate holder ng isang one-year course with a salary of DH5000, maaari kang mag-request na ipa-lift ang iyong six-month mandatory ban.

Tip No. 5. Be clear on your benefits as a former employee.
Kausapin mo ang Human Resources in-charge para alamin ang iyong makukuhang kabayaran maliban sa sahod, gaya ng gratuity pay, unused leaves, etc. Huwag mag-atubiling magtanong kung merong hindi nainitindihan ukol sa ex-employee benefits.

Sa usapin ng gratuity pay, ayon sa batas, kapag natapos mo na ang isang taon sa iyong contract, entitled ka sa gratuity pay. Kung ikaw naman ay nagresign before completing one year of employment, wala kang matatanggap na gratuity pay.

The end of service gratuity is calculated on basis of last wage which the employee was entitled to, namely the basic salary. Hence, it will not include allowances such as housing, conveyance, utilities, furniture etc., If the employee owes any money to the employer, the employer may deduct the amount from the employee’s gratuity, according to the UAE Law.

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