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UK Airspace Opens But Will This Affect Our Wallets?


United Arab Emirates : 21 April 2010

As suddenly as the skies were closed due to the volcanic eruption in Iceland, the UKs airspace is opening up again. Good news for the thousands of passengers trapped in the UK, desperate to get back to the Gulf.

The nations airline, Emirates expects to try to operate as many flights as possible in and out the major UK airports including Heathrow and Gatwick, according to the Airlines Senior VP of Commercial Operations, Richard Vaughan.

But how do employees stand with regards to salaries for days spent out of the office?

Those that were stranded and managed to work from their international offices in London can count themselves as the lucky few who may not get their wages docked. UAE labour law is quite clear that an employer is perfectly within its rights to withold an employees salary for the duration of their absense.

Northern Europe has never seen such an unprecedented closure of its airspace and employers will no doubt be sympathetic, but a 1980 Federal Law – (Article 89, law no. 8) clearly states that a worker must return to work after leave otherwise he “shall automatically forfeit his remuneration for the period of his absence, with effect from the day following that on which the leave expires”.

Paul Holdsworth, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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