UAE Government introduces flexible work guidelines

Asma Ahmed - | UAE

The UAE has recently introduced comprehensive guidelines aimed at regulating flexible working arrangements across the nation.

The General Framework for Employment Patterns and Flexible Work Types in the Federal Government, which the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) is spearheading, has received formal approval through a Cabinet decision.

This framework serves to delineate various employment patterns and types of work sanctioned specifically at the federal government level in strict adherence to the Human Resources Law of the Federal Government and its accompanying executive regulations.

Flexible work conditions outlined within the framework encompass a range of options, including remote work within the country, remote work from abroad, hybrid work setups, and compressed work schedules. FAHR has underlined the importance of this framework in aligning with the UAE's strategic vision for managing future work demands, ensuring operational continuity, and maintaining task performance within the confines of official working hours across all federal entities.

Furthermore, the framework aims to enhance operational efficiency and institutional performance while simultaneously facilitating talent attraction and retention through the flexibility afforded by the Human Resources Legislation in the federal government. This strategic initiative represents a significant step forward in bolstering proactive measures, adaptability, and the overall flexibility of human resources legislation within the federal government context.

Moreover, the framework serves to support the broader objectives outlined in the UAE's 2031 vision, which aims to establish the country as a global leader by enhancing government performance and developing optimal business models. Through the adoption of this framework, the UAE seeks to achieve superior outcomes and efficacy across various sectors of the economy.

This legislative development is instrumental in constructing the optimal model for managing human resources and government capabilities, ensuring alignment with the dynamic shifts in the work environment driven by advancements in technology and the adoption of emerging trends in government work practices.

The framework provides much-needed clarity on the application of specified employment patterns and flexible work types outlined in the Human Resources Law, along with the mechanisms for leveraging flexible work options outlined in the accompanying executive regulations. It also empowers federal authorities to exercise discretion in granting flexible work types to employees under exceptional circumstances.

In addition, FAHR has announced plans to conduct introductory workshops on the General Framework for Employment Patterns and Flexible Work Types in the Federal Government, targeting HR managers and officials in ministries and federal entities to ensure proper implementation and maximum benefit from this initiative.

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