The legal right and the legal framework to work from home in the UAE





The statutory right to work from home for locals


For Emirati, there is the so-called teleworking resolution.

Provided that he or she works for an MHRE registered company, works at that company for at least six months full-time or a year part-time, working from home is in line with the employee’s activities, the interests of the employer are not harmed and the employee has the necessary skills to work from home, the employee may request to work from home.


Respond within 20 days

The employer must respond to this within 20 days. If the request is rejected, it must be done in writing and the reasons for it must be rejected.

If the request is granted, a further regulation on the exact conditions must be drawn up and attached to the employment contract.

The employee and the employer have the freedom to draw up a teleworking arrangement themselves.


The teleworking arrangement

In such an arrangement it can be agreed how the employee’s performance will be assessed, how often the employee must be in the office, how contact with the manager takes place, who pays for office furniture and other telework facilities, on which computer the employee is allowed to work (and will he receive compensation for the depreciation of his computer?), how information security is arranged, whether a risk inventory of the home workplace is required, under which conditions the employee is no longer allowed to work from home, how the employee is insured if something happens to him at the home office, the accessibility of the employee, the days on which the employee works at home, compensation for the costs of increased air conditioning use due to working from home, etc. etc. etc.

So identical to a Dutch scheme for working from home or teleworking.

Although the legislation does not apply to Dutch people, it is useful to know that there is legislation, because it does provide a legal framework for people who would like to work at home.