Employers are within their legal rights to ask employees to use their annual leave balances. This legal right was enabled by Ministerial Resolution no 279 of 2020 Article (2) on Employment Stability in Private Sector during the Period of Application of Precautionary Measures to Curb the Spread of Covid19. This legal right is further supported by the UAE Labour law whereby under Article 76, the employer may determine the commencement date of annual leave and, if required, divide the leave into not more than two periods.
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