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Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) HR Employment Law
Rachael Smith
Clyde & Co
Rachael Smith, Clyde & Co

Rachael is an associate at Clyde & Co, based in the Dubai office, specialising in employment and immigration. Rachael advises clients on all aspects of employment law, both contentious and non-contentious, across a variety of industry sectors with a focus on oil and gas, infrastructure and natural resources.

 

Rachael provides day to day advice to clients operating in the Gulf Cooperation Council region from setting up in the region right through to termination of employment. She advises clients across all facets of employment including updating employment contracts and policies to ensure compliance with local law, the protection of confidential information and intellectual property in the employment relationship, privacy issues arising in the employment context and the enforceability of restraint of trade clauses.

 

In addition to her advisory work, Rachael has a strong litigation and dispute resolution background. When disagreements arise in the employment relationship, Rachael provides clients with frank commercial advice both from a liability and risk mitigation perspective. If disputes are unable to be resolved, she acts on behalf of employers in defending claims commenced by employees.

 

Rachael is an Australian qualified lawyer who previously worked for an international law firm in Perth, Western Australia.

 

Testimonial:

The content of the program was quite in-depth. The trainer’s exposure to legal issues in the region was very helpful and resulted in an informative seminar. There were quite a few eye openers that will help in revising a few policies to be risk free

- HR & Administration Manager, Amana Pipeline Construction L.L.C.

Overall, it was a great learning session on UAE employment law. Especially practical application of the law’s do’s and don’t’s

- Senior HR Business Partner, Al Tayer Group

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: 23 - 24 October 2019
Faculty: Rachael Smith
Early Bird 1: US$1,995 (by 2 September 2019)
Early Bird 2: US$2,195 (by 30 September 2019)
Regular Fee: US$2,395
Group Discount: 2nd participant get 10%, or register 3 participants and 4th participant get a complimentary seat
(1 discount scheme applies)
Contact: [email protected]
 
 
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