Mohammed bin Rashid amends military HR policy

Mohammed bin Rashid issues Law amending HR policies for police, civil defence and immigration officers in Dubai

In his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum issued Law No. (18) of 2017 partially amending Law No. (6) of 2012 pertaining to HR polices for police, civil defence and immigration officers. The new amendments are aimed at further enhancing the work conditions for officers, particularly those who are mothers. The new Law amends articles (88), (107) and (122) of the original Law pertaining to employee leave.

Further to the amendment, Article (88) defines all types of leave granted to officers under this Law, including annual leave, sick leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, bereavement leave, Haj leave, emergency leave, study leave, leave without pay and administrative leave.

Article (107) specifies terms for maternity leave and breastfeeding breaks for women officers. The Article states that a woman officer can obtain a 90-day paid leave, starting from the day of the birth of the child. She can apply for this leave 30 days ahead of the due date for delivery, on the condition that the leave is continuous. The medical committee can sanction extension of the maternity leave for a maximum of three months if any medical complication occurs. The officer may combine her maternity leave with any other leave included under the purview of this Law, on the condition that the entire leave does not exceed 120 days.

If a miscarriage occurs before the 24th week of pregnancy, the female officer can apply for sick leave. If the miscarriage occurs after the 24th week or the baby was stillborn, the officer will receive a 60-day leave. If the newborn has a disability, the mother officer can avail of a one-year paid leave, conditional to approval from the medical committee. The Director General can add another 6 months to the leave.

According to the Law, the woman officer can take a two hour breastfeeding break daily.  She can take this break at the beginning or end of her shift. The new Law is applicable to current maternity leave and breastfeeding breaks.

This Law is valid from the date of issuance and will be published in the Official Gazette.

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