Recent Legal Developments in Business Interruption Insurance – Coverage Issues and Wider Implications perhaps for the Middle East

The English High Court has recently handed down a judgement in a test case related to “Business Interruption” insurance in the context of the COVID19 pandemic, which provides an interesting angle in respect of coverage issues and general English law [insurance] contract interpretation. The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others[1] essentially addressed the legal…

Brief on the new UAE Cabinet Decision No 58/2020 on the Regulation of the Procedures of Real Beneficiary

UAE Cabinet Decision No. 58 / 2020 is to be implemented to regulate the minimum obligations of the corporate entities incorporated in the UAE mainland and in the non-financial free zones (each an “Entity”) by requiring disclosure at the initial incorporation/registration stage, and maintenance thereafter, of a “Register of Real Beneficiaries” and “Register of Partners or…

What kind of Legal Protection do Employees have against Salary Cuts and Redundancy in the UAE?

What kind of legal protection against salary cuts and redundancy is afforded to employees in the UAE? The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (‘MOHRE’) has issued, on 26 March 2020, Ministerial Resolution no. 279 of 2020 (the ‘Resolution’) to help employers cope with the hardships arising from the COVID-19 outbreak. The Resolution enables private…

Saudi Arabian Labor Law amended to cover COVID-19

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (“MHRSD”) has issued several resolutions and directives to deal with the measures taken in relation to employee entitlements during COVID-19. Notably, Article 41 has been inserted in the Implementing Regulation of the Labor Law, which enables the employer and employee – for a period of…

Saudi Ministry of Labor Decision to Regulate Contractual Relationship Between Employers and Their Employees

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Labor and Social Development approved the reduction of working hours, or any other precautionary measures that limit the effects of the pandemic. This decision is aimed at limiting the application of the Labor Law in relation to employers severing the contractual relationship due to Force Majeure. These measures will be…

Oman Expat Recruitment Rules and Recent Restrictions

Generally, labour-related matters in Oman, including recruitment and regulation of the expat recruitment process, are governed by Sultani Decree No. 35/2003 on the Promulgation of the Labour Law (the “Labour Law”). More recently, following the issuance of the Ministerial Decision No. 38/2018 by the Minister of Manpower (the “Ministry of Manpower”), a six-month ban on…

Understanding How it Works

Around 80% of the UAE population have come to the country to work. BSA experts, Abdullah Ishnaneh, Rima Mrad and Shaikha Al Shamsi contributes to the Emirates Law expert panel, explaining how the legislation impacts them and their employers and the recent changes in this area. Read full article here