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Stranded UAE employees face salary deductions
Workers unable to return to the Emirates due to the volcanic ash cloud over Europe could have their salaries cut, says law firm.
April 18, 2010 2:10 by Ben Flanagan
Workers stranded overseas due to the cloud of volcanic ash over Europe could face deductions to their salaries, according a law firm with offices in the UAE.
The eruption of Mount Eyjafjallajoekull in Iceland has led to major disruption in commercial flights, with many UAE employees stuck abroad after taking a holiday. The flight cancellations have also coincided with the recent Easter break.
Under UAE law, employers can dock the pay of any staff member not returning to work on time, according to legal firm DLA Piper Middle East.
The firm says that, under Article 89 of the Federal law of 1980, “any worker who fails to resume work immediately after the expiry of his leave shall automatically forfeit his remuneration for the period of his absence, with effect from the day following that on which the leave expires”.
However, DLA Piper says it would encourage employers to be flexible over the issue.
“Whilst employers will have sympathy for staff who have become stranded overseas, through no fault of their own, the UAE Labour Law is clear that an employer can stop pay until they return,” commented Neil Crossley, Partner, Employment Pensions and Benefits Group, DLA Piper Middle East.
“However, under their contract employees can offer to use up remaining annual holiday or seek to work remotely, if possible. We would encourage employers to be flexible given the circumstances are outside of the employees control and equally encourage employees to look for solutions that cause minimum disruption to the company.”