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Zahi Y. Younes

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Zahi Younes is a partner in the UAE/Saudi Arabian Corporate and Securities Practice Group. He focuses on the areas of cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, international and domestic joint ventures, global corporate reorganizations, securities and capital markets. Zahi advises both private and public clients on the areas of cross-border and domestic mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, international and domestic joint ventures, private equity and global corporate reorganizations. He also counsels clients on initial public offerings, private placements and investment funds. Zahi has a regional geographic focus on the Middle East, particularly on the UAE and Saudi Arabian markets.

Employers have been facing many difficult and untested employment law issues over the last year and a half with COVID-19 and the impact it is having on their business. One of the most critical of these issues is whether they can make vaccination compulsory for their employees. On 7 May 2021, the Saudi Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (“MHRSD”) announced that it would be mandatory for public and private sector workers to be vaccinated in order to attend the workplace. On 18 May 2021, the Ministry of Interior (“MoI”) clarified that this mandate would come into force on 1 August 2021.

On 4 November 2020, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development (MHRSD) announced certain labor reforms for foreign national employees working in the private sector that will come into effect on 14 March 2021. Since the initial announcement, the MHRSD (in coordination with the National Transformation Program and National Information Center) announced the conditions in order to benefit from each of the initiatives.

What has changed? The Ministry of Commerce and Investment in Saudi Arabia (“MoCI”) adopted the Implementing Regulations of the E-commerce Law, with immediate effect on 31 January 2020, to accompany the recent shift towards electronic transactions that commerce is experiencing globally which helps achieve the strategic objectives of Vision 2030.…