UAE: Can my 10-day quarantine be deducted from annual go away?

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Dubai: If you’re getting back from a world journey whereas on annual go away, will the next quarantine be thought-about as a part of your annual go away? This was the query raised by a Gulf Information reader.

He requested: “I’m entitled to my annual go away yearly as per UAE regulation. Final yr I used to be compelled by my firm to take native go away as a result of pandemic scenario, which I agreed to as there was no alternative. This yr after I requested for my annual go away, they’re claiming that the 10-day quarantine shall be deducted from my annual go away, through which I’m allowed to take solely 20 days. My father is in poor health and I additionally have to be current at my kid’s christening. Additionally, as a result of present scenario my spouse misplaced her job and I’m taking them to India. So, I would like my 30 days’ go away, to make sure that I can ship them house pleased and spend some valuable time with my household. Please advise.”

Gulf Information raised the question with Ahmed Elnaggar, Managing Associate at Elnaggar & Companions, who stated that almost about the annual go away throughout 2020, the employer was not violating the regulation by asking the worker to take native go away.

“Throughout the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UAE authorities had issued a number of decrees to help companies and firms. One in every of them was the availability for employers to ask staff to go on paid and unpaid leaves. So, the employer was compliant with the directives of the federal government on the time,” Elnaggar stated.

As for together with the 10-day quarantine throughout the annual go away, Elnaggar stated that how the quarantine interval is calculated relies on the rationale behind going into quarantine.

“If the worker spends the quarantine days attributable to being contaminated with the COVID-19 virus, the interval must be handled as sick go away. In such a scenario, the affected person ought to present a sick go away certificates issued by an authorised medical facility, attested by the related authority and introduced to the employer,” Elnaggar stated.

The worker ought to take into account such laws and the quarantine days associated to his private travelling plans in a approach that doesn’t have an effect on the employer or the enterprise

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So, if the employer receives the next three paperwork from the worker, they are going to haven’t any proper to deduct the quarantine days from the worker, in keeping with Elnaggar:

• Quarantine completion certificates

• Sick go away issued by a medical facility and attested by the emirate’s related well being authority.

Nevertheless, if the quarantine is a part of journey restrictions and requirement, the interval might be deducted from the annual go away.

“This could possibly be a one-day quarantine, in case the particular person is arriving at Dubai Airport or 10- to 14-day quarantine, in case of arriving via every other airport. Just because the worker ought to take into account such laws and the quarantine days associated to his private travelling plans in a approach that doesn’t have an effect on the employer or the enterprise.”

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