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Six-month ban lifted for UAE residents looking to change jobs

Old Dec 28th 2015, 8:13 am
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i don't get this new legislation

Six-month ban lifted for UAE residents looking to change jobs

'Officials said that as of Friday, January 1, many employees will have the option to leave their position and begin a new job without penalty.

This is as long as their departure is by mutual agreement with their company and not contested. The change is part of a series of new labour regulations first announced in September.'

Surely if it is done by mutual consent the 2 or 3 year rule/contract wouldn't apply anyway - and so what benefit is this new regulation?
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The changes apply only to SOME employees, not all. The headlines are misleading. Lower ranked employees can still get a ban.

Currently most people leaving a job within a year (unless within free zones, on spouse's visas etc) will get a ban but higher ranked employees will no longer get that. The new rules also clarify points in respect of employment contracts.

I'll be writing about it (clearly, unlike much of the press here!) in the next week or so to explain how the changes actually apply.
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Old Dec 28th 2015, 12:24 pm
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Default Re: Six-month ban lifted for UAE residents looking to change jobs

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The changes apply only to SOME employees, not all. The headlines are misleading. Lower ranked employees can still get a ban.

Currently most people leaving a job within a year (unless within free zones, on spouse's visas etc) will get a ban but higher ranked employees will no longer get that. The new rules also clarify points in respect of employment contracts.

I'll be writing about it (clearly, unlike much of the press here!) in the next week or so to explain how the changes actually apply.
thanks MEOW

so if someone wants to leave, regardless of whether it's mutual or not, they would get an automatic ban? (prior to this new regulation) - i wasn't aware of that.

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"Nearly a third of the 820 readers who responded to a 7DAYS poll about the difficulties in changing jobs last month said their employer had prevented them from taking a new job."


Which would not change under the new rules.

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- and so what benefit is this new regulation?
This increases the supply of labour in the market. That brings down wages, plus recruiters have no air fares to pay if recruiting in-country. From an employer's point of view it makes a lot of sense, and they can still threaten a ban to help with worker retention.
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Old Dec 29th 2015, 8:46 am
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Originally Posted by Standanista View Post
"Nearly a third of the 820 readers who responded to a 7DAYS poll about the difficulties in changing jobs last month said their employer had prevented them from taking a new job." Which would not change under the new rules. This increases the supply of labour in the market. That brings down wages, plus recruiters have no air fares to pay if recruiting in-country. From an employer's point of view it makes a lot of sense, and they can still threaten a ban to help with worker retention.
Thanks STANDANISTA - fortunately none of this applies to me personally, but I was just interested to get a better understanding
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