If you are working in UAE you must know that leaving your work without approved leave or unauthorized leave may result in termination from work. Pursuant to the Labor Law Article 20, the employer has the right to terminate an employee who is liable for committing unauthorized leave.
Termination can be imposed even without prior notice. As cited in the law, termination may happen if an employee is unable to report for work for over seven consecutive days or 20 non-consecutive days in a year without any valid reason.
Though employees are allowed to take a leave, it is required that the reason is valid and approved by the employer. Other reasons that may result in termination from work include the following:
- If the employee submitted falsified or erroneous certificates and documents upon employment;
- If the employee has committed a mistake that causes a substantial impact on the company or the employer (the employer must report the incident within 48 hours to the Ministry of Labour);
- If the worker is dismissed from work within the probationary period;
- If the employee violates the instruction of the employer pertaining to the safety of the co-employees and the company (provided that the instructions have been posted in a visible place or if an illiterate employee was informed about the instructions);
- If the employee was unable to do his basic duties and violates the contract of employment;
- Disclosure of the company’s confidential information;
- Being convicted by the court for any c***e that involves public morals, honesty, and honor;
- If the employee reports for work under the influence of liquor or d**g.
Since the employment is contractual, termination can be requested or imposed by either party provided that the reason is valid. As an employee, it is your responsibility to abide by the rules and regulations of the company or the employer that you’re working with. At the same time, you should also know your rights.