Sharjah government employees to get ‘paternity leave’

By Eudore R.Chand

SHARJAH 27 December 2018: The Sharjah Executive Council has issued its approval to paternity leave in the emirate.

It issued Decree No. 36 of 2018 amending the Executive Council Resolution No. 17 of 2017 on the Executive Regulations of Law No. 6 of 2015 concerning human resources in the Emirate of Sharjah. Apart from key changes, the decree approves paternity leave for fathers of to-be-or-newly-born.

Heads of various Sharjah government bodies and institutions have highlighted the significance of the new amendments to the Executive Regulations of Sharjah Human Resources Law, approved by the Sharjah Executive Council in accordance with the directives and directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, said Wam.

Salary Hike

The amendments include the salary hike ordered by the Ruler of Sharjah in early 2018, which increased the salaries of Sharjah Government employees, as well as the establishment of Sharjah Social Security Fund for UAE nationals in the Government of Sharjah. They also included the addition of new items related to all kinds of promotions, discipline in the workplace, housing allowance and others.

Paternity Leave

The new amendments further included reliance on the licence to practice issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention instead of the previous evaluation, approval of paternity leave and addition of a new article on employee secondment.

Dr. Tariq Sultan bin Khadem, Chairman of Human Resources Department, said that the amendments to the Executive Regulations align with the vision of Dr. Sheikh Sultan to improve laws and regulations that support human resources and devote all potential and capabilities to developing these resources to achieve career, family and social stability and ensuring the advancement of government performance.

The Human Resources Department Chairman asserted that the department had taken into consideration comments by specialists at government departments, institutions and bodies in Sharjah. He noted that the proposals for amendments were prepared according to those comments and submitted to the Higher Committee for Human Resources of the Government of Sharjah, which reviewed and approved them in their final form before submitting them to the Sharjah Executive Council for approval.