Employment law as it relates to women continued to be an area of focus for the government in 2019 with the issuance of Ministerial Resolution No. (39860), which sets out a number of rules. Key among these are the following:
- Defining night shift work in terms of its hours (6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.) and the type of work that can be undertaken (e.g., health or charitable work, the media, etc.)
- Making it unlawful to treat women differently than men in terms of paying for work of equal value
- Requiring women to wear modest attire
- Making employers directly responsible for creating a suitable working environment for women
- Prohibiting privacy between men and women
- Prohibiting women from working in establishments designated for men only, and vice versa
Employers may want to conduct a review of their workplace policies and practices to ensure that they are compliant with Resolution No. (39860).
Written by Zahir Qayum of Al Tamimi & Co. and Roger James of Ogletree Deakins
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