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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) HR Employment Law
Sara Khoja
Clyde & Co
Sara Khoja, Clyde & Co

 

Sara qualified in England and Wales in 2002 and specializes in employment law. She joined Clyde and Co’s Dubai office in 2008 where she provides employment advice for the Middle East region, in particular the Arabian Gulf Cooperation Council member states.

 

She has worked with multinational clients in a variety of sectors but with a primary focus on the hospitality, technology media and telecommunications, professional services and insurance sectors. Sara provides advice on all aspects of employment law, including recruitment, termination, terms and conditions of employment (benefits, bonuses, and remuneration), and the application of quotas and training requirements for the employment of nationals in various AGCC countries.

 

Sara also has a particular focus on multi-jurisdictional projects (including covering restructures, sales of a business as a going concern and employee status issues) as well as issues arising out of employee mobilization /international assignments and including the territorial reach of UK employment law.

 

Sara regularly presents at seminars and workshops as part of Clyde and Co’s regular client programme and at external events organized by various business councils and HR consultancy firms. She has written for a number of publications, including the New Law Journal, Asian Counsel, Solicitors Journal, and Personnel Today. She is also regularly quoted in publications such as Gulf News, Gulf Business, and Emirates 24/7.

 

She has contributed UAE chapters to the International Labor and Employment Compliance Handbook (published by Kluwer Law International and the IBA); Corporate Immigration (published by the Oxford University Press) and Compensating Mobile Executives (published by Taxmann).

 

Testimonials

 

"This was an extremely valuable course. Sara was extremely knowledgeable & responded to all the queries thrown her way." - HR Generalist, Rolls-Royce Industrial Power Engineering

 

"Gained Knowledge of certain aspects of labour laws which we overlooked but are critical. Faculty Director was fantastic! Very thorough and had answers to all questions and engaging." - Regional HR Manager, Mitsubishi Corporation

 

Program Summary

 

This comprehensive two-day executive program is designed to provide participants with comprehensive knowledge on latest updates and potential amendments to the labour law and how these changes will affect the employers. Through this program, you will learn how to manage and draft compliant employment contracts, secondment, or assignment agreements. You will also find out about the compensation and benefit system as well as the immigration framework applicable in UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. In addition, you will understand the factors and requirements involved in employing nationals in each these Countries. Our expert lawyer will also share her insights on how to effectively comply with work place policies and termination process to reduce potential liability and exposure. Throughout the program, you will be involved in case studies discussions, drawn from actual legal cases to maximize the learning benefits and also to help you leave with specific actions steps for resolving current and future challenges.

 

At the end of the two-day program, you will be armed with a true understanding UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar labour laws and ensure that your organization and its policies are fair, compliant, and consistent.

 


Programs, dates and locations are subject to change. In accordance with Clariden Global policy, we do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national or disability in admission to our programs.

Introduction

 

Organizations are increasingly operating in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, employing both expatriate and local workers. Thus, it is crucial for HR professionals in the region to understand the laws governing employment relationship, underpinning the day-to-day working environment. New policies, regulations and rules in labour law can be confounding even for the most seasoned HR professionals. Failing to adhere to new regulations and proper administration can put an employer in a vulnerable position and open to the risk of unlawful practices and costly litigations.

 

Designed for Middle East HR Professionals, this comprehensive two-day executive program is designed to provide participants with comprehensive knowledge on latest updates and potential amendments to the labour law and how these changes will affect the employers. Through this program, you will learn how to manage and draft compliant employment contracts, secondment, or assignment agreements. You will also find out about the compensation and benefit system as well as the immigration framework applicable in UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. In addition, you will understand the factors and requirements involved in employing nationals in these countries. Our expert lawyer will also share her insight on how to effectively comply with work place policies and termination process to reduce potential liability and exposure. Throughout the program, you will be involved in case studies discussions, drawn from actual legal cases to maximize the learning benefits and also to help you leave with specific actions steps for resolving current and future challenges.

 

The program will be conducted by top-tier dedicated employment lawyer with immaculate track record in presenting jargon-free legal seminars in an engaging and energetic way – while presenting strategic legal advice on reducing imminent risk in labour law and maximizing employee productivity and profitability.

 

At the end of the two-day program, you will be armed with a true understanding of UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar labour law and to ensure that your organization and its policies are fair, compliant, and consistent.

 

What You Can Expect

 

Key Benefits

  • Provide a key overview of the provisions of the labour law in UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar
  • Update on the potential labour law amendments and changes on the horizon
  • Learn how to manage contractual arrangements and draft clear and compliant employment contracts, secondment, or assignment agreements
  • Find out the legal requirements when structuring compensation and benefits packages
  • Understand the immigration framework applicable in UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar and how this relates to the requirement to employ nationals
  • Appreciate the factors involved and the requirements for employing nationals in each of KSA, Qatar and UAE
  • Implementing company policies, including disciplinary and grievance procedures
  • Effective termination of employment whilst reducing potential liability and exposure
 

Who Will Benefit Most

 

This course will be highly beneficial for HR Directors, HR Managers, Employment Law Advisers, Employee Relations Professionals, or anyone who has, or expect to have responsibility to oversee employees in the UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar. In addition, it would also benefit in-house counsel and lawyers who have recently been transferred to the region.

Program Outline

Day 1 - Morning

 

Overview of Legal System and Establishment Process

  • Licensing and activities
  • Employer registrations
  • Immigration processes

 Employment Contract Essentials

  • Types of contract
  • Fixed term and unlimited term
  • Minimum terms and conditions
 
Day 1 – Afternoon
 
 Understanding Compensation and Benefits System in UAE, KSA, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and Qatar 
  • Minimum wage
  • Wages protection system
  • Married v accompanied status
  • Basic salary and allowances
  • Benefits: medical insurance
  • End of service gratuity
  • Employee incentives

Implementing and Complying with Workplace policies and procedures to Avoid Dispute

  • Disciplinary policy
    • Minimum process
    • Time limits
    • Sanctions
  • Grievance policy
    • Minimum process
  • Health and safety
  • Minimum obligation

 

Day 2 – Morning


DIFC/QFC: Unique Jurisdictions with Separate Laws

  • Common law jurisdiction
  • Financial regulations
  • Employment regulations and how they work
  • Minimum terms and conditions of employment
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Fiduciary duties
  • Termination disputes

Guide to Employment Termination in Accordance with the Labour Law

  • Reasons for termination
  • Misconduct or poor performance
  • Redundancy
  • Minimum procedure
  • Potential liability
  • Disputes
  • Labour office
  • Labour court or committee

 

Day 2 – Afternoon

 

Workforce Nationalisation

  • General duty
  • Reserved roles
  • Government subsidiaries
  • Employer classifications
  • Netiquette
  • Employee termination


Potential Labour Law Amendments and Changes on the Horizon

  • Future developments
  • Employee incentives
  • Medical insurance
  • Employment of nationals
  • Discrimination
  • Legislation
  • Flexible working
  • Atypical workers


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Venue: Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai
Date: 21 - 22 October 2018
Faculty: Sara Khoja
Early Bird 1: US$1,995 (by 27 August 2018)
Early Bird 2: US$2,195 (by 24 September 2018)
Regular Fee: US$2,395
Group Discount: 2nd participant get 10%, or register 3 participants and 4th participant get a complimentary seat
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