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UAE Labour Law Section 21 - Compensation Distribution

Full text of Article 21 of the UAE Labour Law

XXI. TERM OF DISTRIBUTION OF DEATH COMPENSATION AMONG MEMBERS OF THE DECEASED EMPLOYEE'S FAMILY

If the widow (or widower), lives with the parents and offspring who were supported by the deceased, the compensation shall be divided as follows:

1. The widow (or widower) shall take one eighth and if there are more than one widow (or widower), the one eighth shall be divided equally among them, the parents shall take one third divided equally between them, but if either of the parents is dead then the mother shall take one sixth, and the father shall take one third and the rest for the offspring. If there are no children, the widow (or widower) shall take two thirds of the compensation (to be divided equally among them if there are more than one) and the father shall take the remainder. In cases where both parents are living they shall share that remainder equally. If both parents are dead, the widow (or widower) shall have one eighth of the compensation (to be divided equally among them if there are more than one widow) and the offspring shall get whatever remains. In cases where there are no children and no living parent, the widow (or widower) shall take the whole compensation. If there are more than one widow, the compensation shall be divided equally among them.

2. If there exists one or both of the parents and a child who were supported by a deceased employee who left behind no widow, the child shall take two thirds and the remaining third shall go to the parent or parents, who take equal shares.

3. In the absence of a widow (or widower), parents, brothers and sisters, the compensation shall be distributed equally among the children of the deceased. If there is only one child, he shall be paid the whole compensation.

4. If there are only parents, who were under his care, in the absence of a widow (or widower) and children, the compensation shall be divided equally between the parents. If there is only one, he or she shall take the whole compensation. Brothers and sisters who were supported by the employee at the time of his death shall be treated in the absence of parents as parents.

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