Q: I’m working in a general contracting company in Abu Dhabi for the last four years. I submitted my resignation to my company through e-mail 20 days ago.
Now, I received a copy of electronic work permit cancellation for my signature, but still I am yet to receive my end-of-service benefits and experience certificate.
Should I sign the cancellation document and send it to the company? Or does the employer have to clear all the dues first?
A: You may request your employer to settle all your end-of-service benefits before you sign the work permit cancellation document.
Request your employer to pay your severance pay (gratuity) in accordance with Article 132 of the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 regulating Employment Relations in the UAE (‘the Employment Law’).
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You may also ask for all the salaries due, including the pay for the annual leave days that you have not taken, in accordance with Article 79 of the Employment Law. Further, you are entitled to repatriation costs as mentioned in Article 131 of the Employment Law and the employer has to provide you with the experience certificate, as mentioned in Article 125 of the Employment Law.