Told I can’t get hol­i­days but must take un­paid leave

7 Days in Dubai - - DEAR 7 DAYS... -

I work as a senior man­ager at a pri­vate school in the UAE. I’m on a monthly salary and dis­cov­ered they put me as a un­lim­ited em­ployee con­tract. I’ve been there for less than six months and they just told me I am not en­ti­tled to paid leave dur­ing the sum­mer months when they close. The Min­istry of Labour told me how­ever that an em­ployee can not be forced to take an un­paid leave. The school said ar­ti­cle 75 al­lows them to do so. I read the MOL web­site and I see noth­ing that speaks about this. Do you know who is cor­rect & where in the MOL ar­ti­cles this is cov­ered? I was also told pri­vate schools are of­ten ex­empt un­der the MOE guide­lines of many MOL rul­ings. James Dubai

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