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Bird & Bird LLP | United Arab Emirates | 16 Aug 2021

Enforcing trademarks in United Arab Emirates

Registering trademarks in the United Arab Emirates can be relatively straightforward, albeit expensive. However, enforcing them against third parties can present a number of challenges. There are three main kinds of enforcement measure available in the United Arab Emirates – namely, customs recordals and seizures, administrative complaints and court proceedings. This article provides a......
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Bird & Bird LLP | United Arab Emirates | 19 Apr 2021

Trade secret protection overview

As the United Arab Emirates is a signatory to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, trade secrets are protected in several ways. While there is no statutory definition of 'trade secrets', various federal laws protect confidential information. The Dubai International Financial Centre, a free zone which operates within the United Arab Emirates, recently enacted......
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Pinsent Masons | United Arab Emirates | 27 Jan 2021

Hello 2021, goodbye COVID-19? Navigating employment risks in a post-2020 world

Many businesses appear to be more optimistic about the economic opportunities ahead in 2021. However, with news of a more virulent COVID-19 strain spreading internationally and a continuing impact on business travel, client meetings and office attendance, companies and HR managers must continue to be proactive, mindful and practical in relation to their workforce management. This article......
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Pinsent Masons | United Arab Emirates | 9 Dec 2020

Employment regulations in Abu Dhabi Global Market

Major changes have been made to employment law in the Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM). The changes aim to strengthen the ADGM's employment framework and its reputation as an international financial centre. This article highlights the main employment law themes of which senior management teams, HR managers and in-house legal teams must be aware under the changes.
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Pinsent Masons | United Arab Emirates | 11 Nov 2020

Private sector equal pay law now in force

The United Arab Emirates has updated its labour law to require equal pay for men and women who perform the same work or work of equal value. The change aims to strengthen the United Arab Emirates' commitment to gender equality in the workplace, according to a government press release. What counts as work of 'equal value' will be based on guidance and further details set by the government,......
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Pinsent Masons | United Arab Emirates | 30 Sep 2020

DIFC Data Protection Law – actions for employers

When the Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) Data Protection Law came into force, it gave organisations a three-month grace period until 1 October 2020 to ensure compliance with the new provisions. The new Data Protection Law makes significant changes to the DIFC's existing data privacy regime, introducing changes to the duties and obligations of employers – in their capacities as......
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Pinsent Masons | United Arab Emirates | 16 Sep 2020

Paid parental leave rights introduced

Following a change in the law, employees of businesses which operate in the United Arab Emirates are now entitled to five working days' paid parental leave in the six months following the birth of their children. The new law will support families in achieving a better balance at home, which will in turn assist companies in achieving a better level of equality in the workplace. Therefore, it......
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Pinsent Masons | United Arab Emirates | 2 Sep 2020

Employment disputes in Dubai and the DIFC courts

When a complaint from an employee cannot be resolved and a formal claim is filed, the procedure that will be implemented will be affected by a number of variables – not least whether the employer is located in the Dubai International Financial Centre, onshore mainland Dubai or another UAE free trade zone. Companies based in Dubai should be aware of the likely cost and time implications of......
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Pinsent Masons | United Arab Emirates | 29 Jul 2020

Planning for return to work and new normal

As the current COVID-19 lockdown restrictions start to ease, businesses in the United Arab Emirates have begun allowing employees to return to the workplace. However, the business landscape that businesses now face is very different to just a few months ago. This article outlines employers' obligations during the next phase of business from an employment law perspective, including with regard......
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Pinsent Masons | United Arab Emirates | 27 May 2020

COVID-19: DIFC emergency employment law introduced

Employers have been given scope to restructure contracts with their employees to adapt to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic under a temporary new emergency law introduced in the Dubai International Financial Centre. Under the new legislation, employers can unilaterally decide to reduce employee working hours and remuneration on a temporary basis and make further changes to work......
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