UAE now allows for multiple employer contracts

By Tyne Hugo   The UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has recently implemented a decision, signed by Naser Bin Thani Al Hameli, the Minister of Human Resource and Emiratisation, permitting skilled workers to partake in multiple employer contracts with two or more different employers. The decision applies to both Emiratis and expatriates alike.…

Insights for employers to implement policy on social media

By Munir Suboh   With the increased usage of social media, companies and employers find themselves obliged to establish policies for employees to provide acceptable, reasonable, safe and common-sense guidelines and recommendations for using social media responsibly. Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook, Snapchat and other social media platforms are always viewed as public activities and regardless…

When homeowners refuse to pay service charges

What legal avenues do owners have when their complaints are not addressed? Published in Gulf News on March 7, 2018 By Robert Mitchley, Senior Associate   Unit owners in a one-year-old building have been wrangling over maintenance and service fee issues with the developer. The owners complain that the owners’ association (OA) is not prompt…

Cancellation for non-use of registered trademarks

By Munir Suboh, Partner and Head of IP The regional trademark offices in the Middle East, including the local UAE trademark office, receive thousands of trademark applications annually. The number of approved and registered trademarks has increased significantly over the last few years due to a less conservative approach being taken towards examination. Effectively, this increase…

Why Dubai destroyed fake iPhones, Rolex, LVs worth millions

Thousands of fake goods, including counterfeit smartphones, electronic devices, bags, and watches were hammered, compressed and shredded by Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED) on Tuesday to send a “clear message to protect consumers against fraudulent practices.” Commenting on the efforts by the DED in today’s edition of Khaleej Times, Munir Suboh, Partner and Head of IP here…