Parental Leave in UAE
Both male and female employees functioning in the UAE’s private sector are eligible for the new parental leave entitlements. By making the private sector more appealing to the highly qualified and driven personnel, who are more likely to embrace it, it helps the UAE’s efforts in the realm of emiratization and advance its stance, which is founded on humanitarian concerns.
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The UAE Labor Law (Federal Law No. (8) of 1980) includes a new Article (74) according to Decree-Law No. (6) of 2020, which mandates that the employee (either the mother or the father) who has a newborn child is permitted to a parental leave of five (5) working days to care for the child, which may be taken continuously or intermittently, within six (6) months of the child’s birth.
The New UAE Labor Law (Federal Law No. (33) of 2021) Article (32 b) mandates that the employee (either the mother or the father) who has a newborn child is permitted to a parental leave of five (5) working days to care for the child, which may be taken continuously or intermittently, within six (6) months of the child’s birth.
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Frequently Asked Questions | Parental Leave in UAE
Are there any prerequisites to qualify for parental leave benefits?
The new parental leave entitlement has no set requirements, but it may only be used up until the newborn is six months old.
Who may take a parental leave?
Employees of both male and female genders are eligible for parental leave.
Can a female employee extend her maternity leave into a parental leave?
Female workers are entitled to both maternity and parental leaves.
Does parental leave in the UAE follow working days or calendar days?
Parental leave in the UAE follows only working days. Weekends and public holidays are not considered for parental leave.
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