The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has laid down terms on end of service remuneration.
Mohammed Yaseen, Staff Reporter
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has affirmed that end of service remuneration is not calculated on the basis of the additional agreement to the contract. An employee is entitled to a gratuity, which is calculated on the basis of the salary mentioned in the contract before it is reduced as per an additional agreement to the contract as stated under Resolution 279 observed during the implementation of the precautionary measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Replying to an enquiry by an employee who signed an additional agreement to his employment contract, under which his salary was reduced by 30 per cent till the end of the year but his employer terminated the employee’s service a month after he had signed the salary reduction, the MoHRE stated that the end of service gratuity is calculated on the basis of the salary agreed on in the contract concluded between the two parties to the contract and that the additional agreement to the contract is concluded only to agree temporarily on the salary and has nothing to do with the end of service gratuity.
Article 132 of UAE Labour Law stipulates that on completion of one year or series of years, an employee is entitled to end of service remuneration at the end of their employment, which is calculated as follows: Pay of 21 days per each year of the first five years and pay of 30 days per each additional year, provided that the total remuneration shall not be more than the pay of two years.
The law also stipulates that the end of service gratuity is calculated on the basis of the last salary received by an employee for those getting paid on a monthly, weekly or daily basis. Those getting paid on a piece-rate pay system are entitled to a gratuity based on the average daily pay stipulated under Article 57.
The wage used for calculating gratuity shall not include payments to workers in reimbursement, housing, transport and travel allowance, overtime salary, representation allowance, cashier’s allowance, children education allowance, allowances for recreational and social services and any other bonus or allowances.
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