By: Suraya Turk
As the national day holidays draw closer, employees across the UAE are gearing up to celebrate the time-off that they will be receiving during the period. Apart from the designated annual leave and sick leave, this is an area of much interest and it would be quite beneficial to remain aware of the specific rights employees are entitled to during the holidays.
Per Article 74 of the Labour Law, Federal Law No 8 of 1980, employees are entitled to paid leave on occasions as specified below:
There may be circumstances where employees may be requested to work during the public holidays, and it is important that both employers and employees alike, are aware of their obligations and rights under the labour law regarding public holiday compensation. Article 81 of the Labour Law answers this concern by stating that workers who work during holidays must be either completely or partially compensated and are entitled to two things:
Alternatively, if substitute leave is not granted, employer shall be required to pay the worker an additional sum to the basic salary amounting to 150% in regards to the days worked.
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