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GPSSA: No provisions of the Pensions Law prevent the receipt of disability applications after the age of 60

29 June 2021

GPSSA: No provisions of the Pensions Law prevent the receipt of disability applications after the age of 60

Abu Dhabi June 29, 2021: The General Pensions and Social Security Authority (GPSSA) said that no provisions of the Pensions Law prevent the receipt of disability applications after the age of 60 from those who continue work after this age, indicating that the Law permits the insured persons who continue work after the age of 60 and are afflicted with disability, may God forbid, that would affect their ability to carry out the work duties to apply for retirement for lack of healthy fitness for work.

Moreover, the GPSSA declared that following the employer's procedures when leaving the official work preserves the rights of the insured person in the event of any emergency, may God forbid, during the official working hours.

The GPSSA added that the path followed by the insured person when going from home to work, returning home, or leaving for official assignment, as well as the accident reports, substantially determine whether the resultant death or total disability is considered work injury or not.

The GPSSA added that in case the insured person's service is terminated by death as a result of work injury, his/her heirs are paid a compensation of AED (75,000), distributed among them in accordance with the provisions of inheritance in Islamic Sharia, in addition to the retirement pension to the beneficiary family members after death. The insured person is also entitled to this compensation if the work injury results in a total disability. However, if the injury results in a partial disability, he/she shall be entitled to compensation equal to the percentage of disability multiplied by (75) thousand dirhams.

If the insured person's service is terminated by natural death, the heirs shall be paid a one-time compensation of AED (60,000), distributed among them in accordance with the provisions of inheritance in Islamic Sharia, in addition to the monthly pension to the dependents, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Pensions Law.

The GPSSA indicated that the Law deprives the insured person from injury compensation in some cases, including if he/she intentionally injures himself/herself, or if the injury occurs due to intentional misconduct on the part of the injured. This same applies to every act committed by the injured under the influence of psychotropic substances, and every intentional violation of the prevention instructions announced in visible places at the workplace.

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