10 Legal Things You Need To Know That Could Save You From Being Fired In Dubai


Those employed in the UAE are pretty aware that their contract could be an unlimited or a limited one.

If it's the former then termination comes with a contractually agreed notice which is usually a minimum of 30 days. And for the latter, termination means the employer is liable to pay a compensation or salary for the remaining duration of the contract.

BUT as per article 120 of the UAE, all this goes for a toss if you're guilty of one of the following. In this case you're shown the door without any notice. 

1. Committing an error resulting in large losses to your employer is a LEGAL issue

It's a case where the Labour Department should be notified of the incident. And it should be within 48 hours of the knowledge of the occurrence.


2. Don't throw a party announcing your new job during probation period

This period does not confirm your employment with the company. Your employer may terminate you without any notice. This could be during or even at the end of the probation period.

3. Faking your identity works in films not in real life

The day your employers discover you've submitted false documents or have been dishonest about your nationality, it's your last day or rather hour at work. 


4. Violate instructions related to safety at work and you're in big trouble

Especially if these instructions were provided to you in writing or posted in a prominent place.

5. You better be at the top of your game

If you've been warned about poor performance and you still don't improve, don't expect your employer to hold on to you.


6. Sharing is NOT caring

Your employer will not tolerate trade secrets being shared with anyone inside or outside your industry.

7. Happy hours and ladies' nights are all fun and games until a certain point

There's no tolerance for coming to work under the influence of alcohol or any other substances.


8. Stay on the right side of the law

Should you be found guilt of a crime related to honour, honesty or public ethics by a competent court then there's no debate. You clear your desk and leave.

9. Keep the Kung Fu Panda moves for outside work

If you're found assaulting your employer or colleagues, there's definitely no coming back.


10. Use your holidays wisely

The dudes at HR take their job very seriously, so if you've been marked absent (without a valid reason) for more than 20 non-consecutive days / seven consecutive days in one year, your boss will most likely ask you to never return.

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