Can an employer compel to take unpaid leave or impose a salary reduction during the Covid-19?

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Can an employer compel its employees to take unpaid leave or impose a salary reduction during the Covid-19 situation in the UAE?

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No, an employer is not permitted to compel its employees to take unpaid leave or salary reduction unless it is agreed between the parties in writing.

But the employer has the right to request the employee to consume their paid leave allowance during such situation. This feel also help the employee in a way in such situation to be financially stable. This is in line with Article 76 of the UAE Labour Law.

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