With the multiple questions doing the rounds on the law for deportees, here is all you might want to know about it!
After working in a company for over 17 years, I resigned in April 2016 to begin serving my one-month notice period. However, my company extended my service till November, telling me that I would have to work until a replacement is found. Is this legal? My visa is going to expire soon and the company is not giving me any response on what to do or when I can leave. Additionally, the company is asking me to repay Dh 12,000 that they claim they spent on my training. They claim this has been approved by the general manager. Can they do this?
Based on your query, we assume that your employment contract states 30 days (one month) as the notice period to be served if you are willing to resign from your employment. Once an employee submits his resignation, the employer should accept the same with a written acknowledgement or by an email confirmation. Upon completion of the notice period, an employer should settle end-of-service benefits and the salaries to the employee which include salary, leave salary for annual leaves not availed, incentives or bonus as mentioned in employment contract and severance pay. Article 113 to Article 141 of the federal law no. 8 of 1980 regulating employment relations in the UAE (the 'Employment Law') stipulates the provisions related to termination of contracts of employment and severance pay. Since you had resigned in April 2016, you may approach the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation to file a complaint against your employer.
Further, it is the responsibility of the employer to provide sufficient training to the employees and the employer should not collect the training costs from the employee or demand the same at the time of termination of the employment contract if the same is not mentioned in the employment contract.
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"Upon completion of the notice period, an employer should settle end-of-service benefits and the salaries to the employee which include salary, leave salary for annual leaves not availed, incentives or bonus as mentioned in employment contract and severance pay."