The UAE's annual leave law explained: Employees can carry over their unused annual leave days or get cash
13 March 2023| Last updated on 20 March 2023
Here's what you need to know about forwarding annual leaves or requesting for encashment instead.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE) clarified the UAE's labour laws regarding annual leaves for workers in a recent tweet.
Private and public sector workers in the UAE can carry forward all or part of their unused annual leave days, or agree with the company to receive a cash allowance instead.
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"The Regulation of Labour Relations Law and its implementing regulations stipulated the procedure to be followed regarding unused annual leave in two cases: if the worker is still employed or if their service end. Learn more and share your enqruiries," tweeted the official MoHRE account.
What if you're fired or you leave the company?
If the employee's service ends, then on top of gratuity (if applicable) he or she can ask for cash for their leftover annual leave days.
What should I do if my company is not following this law?
If you work in the private sector and your company is refusing to carry over your annual leaves or pay you in cash for leftover paid annual leaves, we recommend filing a complaint through MoHRE.
- Contact the advisory centre on 046659999
- Or, file a complaint through the MoHRE UAE smart app (available on iOS and Google Play)
- Or, file a complaint through the MoHRE official website: https://backoffice.mohre.gov.ae/mohre.complaints.app/TwafouqAnonymous2/C...