The law also stipulates that a decision in this regard should be taken only on the basis of the report of a special medical team. Employers who violate the law will be fined up to two lakh dirhams.
The purpose of the new law is to create an environment where workers can work without fear and to avoid unfair dismissal. A recently passed new law makes it clear that employers cannot make decisions on their own when it comes to terminating or restricting the employment of foreign workers based on mental health conditions.
Legal experts in the country have pointed out that it is illegal to not hire a physically challenged or disabled person for this reason, just as it is illegal to fire an employee based on their physical health. Aman Lil Afia Clinic CEO and Founder Dr. Khaleej Times reported quoting Hind Alrustamani.
Entitled medical leaves are required to be granted to an employee suffering from health problems or illnesses. Up to 90 days of paid and unpaid sick leave can be taken. There is a provision in the law for dismissal if unable to come to work after that.
Employers have an obligation to provide a work environment where employees can work confidently without fear of job loss and stress. In addition, the UAE last month issued a federal law on mental health aimed at preventing unfair dismissal of workers.