UAE labor law: 10 cases where employers can dismiss workers without notice – News

Businesses must submit termination in writing, detailing the reasons for termination

Published: Fri 8 April 2022, 10:05

UAE labor law allows the employer or worker to end an employment relationship after submitting 30-90 days written notice as agreed in the contract.

However, there are cases where employers can dismiss workers without notice after conducting a written interrogation that proves certain violations.

Under Article 44 of the new UAE Labor Law, employers must submit the dismissal to the worker in writing, detailing the reasons justifying the dismissal without notice.

Employers can terminate without notice if the employee is found to have committed any of the following 10 violations:

  1. Takes a false identity or nationality, or presents false certificates or documents.
  2. Commits a fault that causes substantial material damage to the employer, or deliberately damages the property of the employer and acknowledges this. In this case, the employer must report the violation to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization within seven working days of becoming aware of the incident.
  3. Violates workplace instructions on worker safety and place of business, provided these instructions were posted in writing in conspicuous places or communicated verbally to an illiterate employee.
  4. Fails to perform basic duties set out in the employment contract and persists in violation, despite written questioning and warning of dismissal twice if violation repeats.
  5. Discloses any industrial and intellectual property secrets of the establishment, causing loss or missed opportunity to the employer or providing personal benefit to the worker.
  6. Is under the influence of alcohol or narcotics during working hours or commits an act that undermines public morals in the workplace.
  7. Verbally or physically attacks the employer, manager or one of his colleagues in the course of work.
  8. Is absent from work without lawful excuse for more than 20 intermittent days or more than seven consecutive days in a year.
  9. Exploits the position illegally for results and personal gains.
  10. Joins another institution without following proper rules and procedures.


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