Dubai: The UAE will soon see the implementation of a new labour law, with Federal Decree-Law No. 33 of 2021 on the regulation of Labour Relations replacing Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 and its amendments.
The new law will come into force on February 2, 2022 and one of the first few articles in it focuses on ensuring that employees do not face any kind of discrimination at the workplace, with the right to non-discrimination and equality highlighted in Article 4.
The first clause of the article ensures that no one working in the private sector faces discrimination on the ground of race, colour, sex, religion, nationality or ethnicity. Subsequent clauses also specify the rights of female employees, with Clause no. 4 stipulating that women should receive the same wage as men for the same work, or for a work of equal value.
The detailed procedures, controls and standards of assessment of work of equal value will be established by decision of the Cabinet, upon the proposal of the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, according to the clause.
Here is a detailed look at what the article states:
ARTICLE (4) - Equality; Non-Discrimination
1. It shall be prohibited to discriminate against persons on the ground of race, colour, sex religion, national origin, ethnic origin or disability, in such a way as to weaken equal opportunities or impair equal access to, or continuation of, or enjoyment of rights associated with, employment. An Employer shall not discriminate in respect of works involving the same job duties.
2. Rules and procedures that would enhance the contribution of UAE citizens in the labour market shall not be regarded as discrimination.
3. Without prejudice to the rights prescribed for female Workers under this Decree Law, female Workers shall be subject to all provisions regulating employment of Workers without any discrimination.
4. Women shall receive the same wage as men for the same work, or for a work of equal value. Procedures, controls and standards for assessment of Work of equal value shall be established by decision of the Cabinet, upon the proposal of the Minister.