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5-day paternity leave, penalties for discrimination part of new DIFC labor laws 

New labor laws pushed by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai will come into force on August 28. 

This, as H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid recently signed Dubai International Financial Center Employement Law No. 2 of 2019 based on international working standards.

The new law seeks to address issues like paternity leave, sick leave payment,  and end of service benefits.

The new law hopes to balance employer and employee needs in order to improve the working environment of 24,000 labor force.

For the employers, provisions include expansion of employee duties, reduction of statutory sick pay, limiting the application of late penalties for end of service settlements.

For employees they can expect the introduction of 5 day paternity leave, penalties for discrimination, and following basic conditions for employment, visa and residency sponsorship.

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