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I have been working as an accountant for a few years. However, my employer has now hired someone else for this job and I have been asked to work in the main administrative office in a very different role.

I liked my job in accounts. Can the company make me do a different job? SB, Abu Dhabi

Federal Decree-Law No. (33) of 2021, known as the New Labor Law, covers this situation in its Article 12. It states: “The worker cannot be assigned to work that is fundamentally different from the work agreed in the work contract. contract, except if this is necessary to prevent the occurrence of an accident or to repair the resulting damage, provided that the transfer is temporary and in accordance with what is specified in the implementing regulations hereof.

It seems that SB’s change in role was not due to a major problem, so the employer should not have made this change without his agreement. By law, his consent is required in writing.

SB can file a complaint against the employer with the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization for violation of the law. But, in reality, this could result in a difficult working environment. Therefore, since his salary has not changed, SB will have to make a sensible decision.

If SB leaves the company since there is no role for her in the accounts, she may have an arbitrary dismissal case. This will need to be backed by an employment contract that spells out his former role. However, there is no guarantee of winning the case if there has been no change in his salary or place of work.

The maximum claim would be three months’ salary, but that is the maximum that can be awarded by the courts.

I work for an oil and gas company in Abu Dhabi, but I travel often for work. This usually involves traveling to places like Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

I just got married and I want to take out life insurance. But when I spoke to a broker they said I couldn’t be insured because of where I was traveling.

Is this really the case because there must be a lot of people traveling to these countries? Do I have options? Her Majesty, Abu Dhabi

HM certainly has options and it is possible to arrange life cover for people who travel, although with restrictions.

From an insurance company’s perspective, some countries are considered higher risk. This means that the life insurance of a person living in the GCC who travels to these countries could be subject to a higher premium. The amount of the increase is considered on a case-by-case basis.

In each case, their profession, the frequency of their travels, their exact location in a country, their activities and any security measures in place are taken into account.

In some cases, the person will be offered life cover with no premium increase, but with an exclusion for travel to a certain country. If so, I would expect the employer to have a short term risk plan in place as it can be excluded by all standard insurers.

I have arranged many life insurance policies of this type over the years and although more work and information is needed, there is no reason why people who travel to high counties risk cannot be eligible for protection policies.

My wife and I are traveling to Dubai next month from Dublin but recently realized we needed six months validity on a passport from the date of travel.

She is an Irish citizen but has only three months until her passport expires. We are only staying 10 days and have hotel reservations.

Is there any way she can travel to UAE? CK, Ireland

Rules are strict regarding the validity of passports to enter the UAE and standard rules for international travel apply.

For non-UAE residents, a passport with a validity of at least six months is required. Without it, a passenger is unlikely to be allowed to fly as they will not be allowed to board an aircraft.

The initial responsibility lies with the airline and they can be fined if they allow someone to board a plane without the correct documents. Even though she was cleared to fly, she will likely be turned away upon arrival by UAE immigration officials.

For those holding a UAE residency visa, the minimum passport validity required is usually three months.

Therefore, CK’s wife will need to get a new passport before flying to the UAE. Note that emergency travel documents issued by some countries are not valid to enter the UAE.

Keren Bobker is an independent financial advisor and senior partner at Holborn Assets in Dubai, with over 25 years of experience. Contact her at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @FinancialUAE

The advice provided in our columns does not constitute legal advice and is provided for information purposes only.

Updated: June 12, 2022, 05:00

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