Employment Law Issues and Developments in the Gulf Cooperation Council
10 AM EDT
Expatriates have long been prominent in the demographic and economic landscape of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, so much so that the make-up of expatriate personnel in the GCC at a given time is often a reliable indicator of local economic, demographic, policy, and social conditions and trends—including today.
Economic diversification in the GCC has fueled inflows of financial services, legal, and other professional services providers from Europe, the Antipodes, and the United States. The growing role of the GCC—particularly the UAE—as a hub for Africa-Asia-Middle East trade and investment is evidenced by increasing numbers of Far East Asian companies and personnel in the GCC. Oil price declines have resulted in expatriate job cuts. Local demographic and economic trends have led some GCC governments to prioritize the “nationalization” of local labor forces. The use of social media by expatriate personnel to comment on employers has given rise to new legal issues.
What is the state of employment law in GCC jurisdictions and how are GCC governments addressing changing conditions and sometimes conflicting needs in local labor markets? Join the ABA Middle East Committee for a teleconference on employment law issues and developments in the GCC, with focuses on Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Topics will include recent amendments to Saudi Arabia’s labor law, updates to the “sponsorship” system, and social media and employment issues in the UAE.
Speaker: Sara Khoja, Partner, MENA Employment Group, Clyde & Co., UAE and Saudi Arabia
Moderator: Hdeel Abdelhady, Co-Chair, Middle East Committee; Principal, MassPoint Legal and Strategy Advisory PLLC