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Singaporean denied pension in NZ for not using CPF first

Posted by thehrdiary on June 15, 2016 at 5:40 AM Comments comments (0)

S'porean denied pension in NZ for not using CPF first

Published Jun 15, 2016, 5:00 am SGT

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/sporean-denied-pension-in-nz-for-not-using-cpf-first?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&link_time=1465956593#xtor=CS1-10

A 66-year-old Singaporean failed in his bid to get senior citizen pension benefits in New Zealand after a tribunal found he had not first used his Central Provident Fund (CPF) money, as advised.

The Social Security Appeal Authority was not convinced by his concerns of being traced by the Singapore authorities if he applied to withdraw his CPF money, as there could be "significant repercussions" for his two grown-up sons, who were liable for national service (NS).

"(He) was completely unable to explain what action the Singapore authorities might be able to take against him or his sons if they became aware of his residence in New Zealand," said the Social Security Appeal Authority of New Zealand in decision grounds released last month.

Superannuation benefits of about NZ$600 (S$570) are payable fortnightly to New Zealand citizens or permanent residents over 65 who have lived in the country for at least 10 years since they turned 20, five of which must be since they turned 50 years old, according to its website.

But the payout is modified according to conditions such as deductions from income earned elsewhere or abroad.

According to the decision grounds, the Singapore citizen, who is also a New Zealand citizen, was granted the benefit when he turned 65 in November 2014 but he disclosed in his application that he had lived in Singapore for 50 years.

He had worked in various jobs in Singapore before emigrating to New Zealand in 2000 with his wife and two sons, then aged eight and 10.

The Auckland-based man, who was granted citizenship in 2004, was told by New Zealand's Ministry of Social Development to apply to Singapore's CPF Board to withdraw funds from there.

He objected and failed to comply with the July 2015 deadline issued by the New Zealand ministry. A month later, his New Zealand Superannuation was suspended.

He initially claimed it was discriminatory to require people from countries that paid pensions, such as Singapore, to be required to apply for those pensions, which were then deducted from their entitlement to New Zealand Superannuation.

He pursued the case before the two-member appeal authority, arguing among other things that his two sons, now aged 25 and 23 years and having promising careers, could be affected if his whereabouts were known to the Singapore authorities through his CPF application.

The man, who was not named, suggested his sons might be forced to return to Singapore to do national service and be prosecuted as enlistment defaulters. Under Singapore laws, eligible persons who fail to register for national service may be fined up to $10,000 or jailed up to three years or both.

But the tribunal pointed out that the alleged offences under the Singapore Enlistment Act were not recognised as extraditable offences under New Zealand law and prosecution was, therefore, "remote".

"We are not satisfied that there is any real danger or disadvantage to either the appellant or his two sons if the appellant's whereabouts were to become known to the Singapore Government," wrote the Wellington-based appeal authority.

It added that the man, having worked variously in Singapore as an aircraft mechanic, hotel cashier and elsewhere had maintained CPF deposits from which he could apply to withdraw funds, since he was already past 62 years old, the minimum age for CPF withdrawal

 

 

Civil servants in Singapore to get 0.45-month mid-year bonus in July 2016

Posted by thehrdiary on June 15, 2016 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Civil servants in Singapore to get 0.45-month mid-year bonus in July 2016

http://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/civil-servants-to-get-045-month-mid-year-bonus-0#xtor=CS1-3

 

Jun 15, 20165:50 AM

 

Singapore

 

DESPITE a poorer economic outlook, civil servants will still get a mid-year variable bonus in July - but it will be smaller than the one they received last year. Similarly, lower-wage workers in the Civil Service will be given a smaller built-in wage increment, said the Public Service Division (PSD).

 

A 0.45-month mid-year annual variable component (AVC) payment will be given to all 84,000 civil servants.

 

Grades IV and V officers in the Operations Support Scheme will get a built-in wage hike of S$20 and S$25 respectively. This increase comes on top of their S$30 annual increment for 2016, PSD said in a statement on Tuesday.

 


The monthly salary scale for Grade IV ranges from S$1,446 to S$1,843; for Grade V, the range is S$1,205 to S$1,536.

The built-in amount for lower-wage officers, which will benefit around 1,500 of them, is lower than the built-in hike given in July last year. The National Wages Council this year recommended a built-in wage hike of S$50 to S$65 for all workers earning up to S$1,100 a month in basic salary.

Last year's built-in wage increase for low-wage civil servants was S$30 when the NWC recommendation was S$60. The mid-year AVC payment last year was 0.5-month; in addition, there was also a one-off bonus of S$500 given to mark Singapore's 50th birthday.

PSD said that the decision on the latest mid-year payouts was made against the backdrop of an economy growing by 1.8 per cent in the first quarter and likely to grow 1-3 per cent for the full year, amid a weaker global economic outlook.

PSD also said that labour demand is tipped to be uneven across sectors. It added that while the jobless rate has stayed low, employment growth has slowed and layoffs are expected in some sectors as the economy restructures.

PSD said that the built-in increments for Grade IV and V officers signals the government's continued commitment to raise the salaries of low-wage civil servants, which is in line with the NWC guidelines.

The mid-year payments were decided in close consultation with the public-sector unions, said PSD. It also said that the government would decide on the year-end AVC payment for civil servants after taking into consideration the economy's performance in the second half of the year.

At the end of last year, civil servants were given a 0.65-month variable bonus plus the annual 13th month bonus, making for a 1.65-month payout in all. Lower-wage officers received an AVC payment of at least S$1,100. The 0.65-month AVC payment was down from 0.8-month given at end-2014, when lower-wage officers got at least S$1,200.

Reacting to PSD's announcement on Tuesday, NTUC assistant secretary-general Cham Hui Fong said: "Considering the slowdown in our economic growth, the payment fairly rewards civil servants for their dedication and contributions."

She said that the labour movement was also "heartened" that the government backed the NWC recommendations to "sustainably" uplift the incomes of lower-wage workers.

G Muthukumarasamy, general secretary of the Amalgamated Union of Public Daily-Rated Workers, said his union understood that because of Singapore's slower economic growth, this year's AVC would be lower than past years'.

2016 Global Salary Forecast: Wages Expected to Rise Globally, With Biggest Pay Increase in Three Years

Posted by thehrdiary on June 10, 2016 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Korn Ferry Hay Group 2016 Salary Forecast: Wages Expected to Rise Globally, With Biggest Pay Increase in Three Years

 

Los Angeles. December 8, 2015

http://www.kornferry.com/press/korn-ferry-hay-group-2016-salary-forecast-wages-expected-to-rise-globally-with-biggest-pay-increase-in-three-years/


  • Global salary rise highest in three years
  • Real wages up 2.5%, as pay rises combine with low inflation
  • Despite economic slowdown, Asian workers to see biggest real wage rise, with China forecast to see third highest real wage increase globally
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    LOS ANGELES, Dec. 8, 2015 - A forecast issued today by Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY), the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm, reveals that workers around the world are expected see real wage increases of 2.5% - the highest in three years - as pay increases combine with historically low inflation to leave employees better off.

     

    Forecast remains positive in Europe

     

    According to the Korn Ferry Hay Group forecast, workers across Europe are set to see an average salary increase of 2.8% in 2016 and, with inflation at 0.5%, will see real wages rise by 2.3%. Fuelled by a low inflation environment, those in Western Europe will see a 2% increase in real wages compared to a 2.9% increase in Eastern Europe.

     

    The outlook is positive in the UK, France and Germany. While salary rises will stay at 2.5% in the UK (the same as the last two years), low inflation means that real wages are to increase by 2.3% in 2016 – above the Western European average. Workers in France and Germany are also forecast to see real wage rises of 1.7% and 2.7%, respectively. The picture is similar in Greece, where, despite economic issues, salaries are set to increase 2% (compared to 1.3% last year) with deflation leading to real wage rises of 3.4% expected in 2016.

     

    Two outlier countries are excluded from the regional averages, due to specific political issues causing high inflation which impacts real wage increases. Workers in Ukraine are forecast to see the biggest wage rises in Europe (11.5%), but, due to high inflation (48.3%), real wages are set to drastically reduce by 36.8%. The outlook is similar in Russia as the impact of economic sanctions and falling oil prices hit the economy. Despite an average salary increase of 7%, with inflation at 14.5%, real wages are set to fall by 7.5%. This is significantly more than the 0.7% decrease in real wages seen last year.

     

    Philip Spriet, Global Managing Director for Productized Services at Hay Group said, “This year’s global salary forecast shows that, for the majority of countries, real wage increases in 2016 are set to be the highest in three years. Differing macro-economic conditions means there are stark variations globally, but overall decent pay increases, coupled with extremely low (and in some cases, zero) inflation, mean that the outlook is positive for workers.”

     

    Highest real wage growth in Asia

     

    In Asia, salaries are forecast to increase by 6.4% – down 0.4% from last year. However, real wages are expected to rise by 4.2% – the highest globally. The largest real wage increases are forecast in Vietnam (7.3%), China (6.3%) and Thailand (6.1%). In fact, despite China’s economic slowdown, coupled with plummeting stock markets and reduced exports, workers in the country are set to see an 8% salary increase in 2016 as employment rates continue to grow due to the increasing need for skilled workers and the sustained rise of the burgeoning middle class.

     

    Seeing the benefit of being a part of the fastest growing major economy, Indian workers are also forecast to see the highest real wage increase they have seen in the last three years, at 4.7% compared to 2.1% last year and 0.2% in 2014.

     

    Buoyant labor market in North America

     

    This upward trend can also be seen in North America, where the labor market is buoyant. In the United States, with low inflation (0.3%), employees will experience real income growth of 2.7%. Canadian workers will meanwhile see salaries increase by 2.6% and experience real wage growth of 1.3%. Across the continent, salaries will increase by 2.8% – the same as last year.

     

    Economic turmoil impacting workers in Latin America

     

    Workers in Latin America are forecast to see the largest headline salary rises in 2016 at 11.4%. However, due to high inflation in the region (12.8%), they are expected to see real wage cuts of 1.4%. This is especially evident in Argentina and Brazil, as despite salary increases of 31% and 7.7%, respectively, workers in Argentina will only see a 3.6% increase in wages, and those in Brazil will actually see a real pay cut of 1.2% in 2016.

     

    Ultimately, Venezuela is set to suffer the most significant cut in real income across the globe. Salary increases are high at 70%, but when predicted inflation is factored in (122.6%), employees can expect real wage cuts of 52.6%.

     

    Strong growth in the Middle East and Africa

     

    2016 looks positive for workers in the Middle East and Africa. Despite plunging oil prices and economic and political chaos throughout the region, salaries in the Middle East and Africa are forecast to rise by 5.3% and 6.5%, respectively. Relatively low inflation means that workers are set to see real wage increases of 3.8% and 1.6%.

     

    In the Middle East, Lebanon (11.5%) and Jordan (5.3%) are forecast to see the highest real wage increases, with the UAE set to see the slowest real wage growth (0.9%) – down from 2.8% last year. High inflation in Egypt means it is the only country in the region set to see a cut in real wages (0.4%).

     

    Philip Spriet concludes: “Asia continues to drive growth in wages globally as companies look set to increase wages. However, the global labor market is in flux as the aging workforce in advanced economies begins to take hold. In emerging economies, upskilling workers is crucial for companies to maintain competitive advantage, and those skilled employees can expect to see wages rise as talent shortages in certain regions drives salaries up.”

     

    Average real wages increases are based on 73 countries in Hay Group’s database – excluding Ukraine and Venezuela, where political turmoil and high inflation have led to real wage decreases of 36.8% and 52.6%.

     

    Please note: This study should be credited to “Korn Ferry Hay Group,” and not “Hay” or “Hays,” which are separate and unrelated organizations.

     

    About the study

     

    The data was drawn from Hay Group PayNet which contains data for more than 20 million job holders in 24,000 organizations across more than 110 countries.

     

    It shows predicted salary increases, as forecasted by global HR departments, for 2016 and compares them to predictions made at this time last year regarding 2015. It also compares them to inflation predictions for 2016 from the Economist Intelligence Unit.


     

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    HR news: France - Weekend Work Emails Are Now Illegal In France

    Posted by thehrdiary on May 25, 2016 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (3)

    Weekend Work Emails Are Now Illegal In France

    “The right to disconnect” has been codified in law.

    05/25/2016 05:57 am ET

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/work-emails-france-labor-law_us_57455130e4b03ede4413515a?

     

    France has passed a labor law that makes sending after-hours work emails illegal.

    Checking your work email on a weekend or a holiday? In France, where employees have been granted “the right to disconnect,” that’s now against the law.

     

    Buried inside a recently enacted — and hotly contested — French labor reform bill is an amendment banning companies of 50 or more employees from sending emails after typical work hours. “The right to disconnect” amendment, as it’s so called, is aimed at minimizing the negative impacts of being excessively plugged in.

     

    “All the studies show there is far more work-related stress today than there used to be, and that the stress is constant,” Benoit Hamon of the French National Assembly told the BBC earlier this month. “Employees physically leave the office, but they do not leave their work. They remain attached by a kind of electronic leash— like a dog. The texts, the messages, the emails — they colonize the life of the individual to the point where he or she eventually breaks down.”

     

    Work-related burnout appears to be a growing concern for the French government. In February, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine formed a working group in an effort to define and treat work-related exhaustion. According to an April article in the French daily Les Échos, about 1 in 10 of the nation’s workforce is at a high risk of job-related burnout.

    Under the new law, companies are mandated to negotiate formal policies to limit the spillover of work, specifically as it’s related to “digital technology,” into the private lives of employees. This, according to the BBC, will involve companies establishing “charters of good conduct” specifying hours, typically in the evenings and weekends, when employees aren’t supposed to send or receive email.

     

    “The development of information and communication technologies, if badly managed or regulated, can have an impact on the health of workers,” Article 25 of the bill reads. “Among them, the burden of work and the informational overburden, the blurring of the borders between private life and professional life, are risks associated with the usage of digital technology.”

     

    Some have lauded this clause as a win in the battle against over-connectedness.

     

    “The right to disconnect isn’t necessarily an obligation … but it’s an opportunity — to claim a little breathing room; to realize that the world won’t stop turning, or even producing words or widgets, without one person’s constant vigilance,” wrote The New Yorker’s Lauren Collins this week.

     

    Others, though, have warned that the law doesn’t go far enough.

     

    Jon Whittle, a researcher at Digital Brain Switch, a U.K. project looking at the impacts of digital technology on work-life balance, told The Washington Post that some employees may feel even more overwhelmed at the thought of returning, in the morning or post-vacation, to a deluge of emails.

     

    “I think the topic of work-related well-being is much larger than simply stopping email after-hours,” Whittle said. “Email is just a medium used to communicate. The real problem is the culture of having to constantly do more and constantly do better than competitors.”

     

    Even advocates of the bill, such as Hamon, the national education minister, have admitted that the law has its limits. There is currently no penalty for violating the law and companies are expected to voluntarily adhere to it.

     

    Still, the ban appears to be the one — perhaps only — part of the labor reform bill that’s been largely positively received.

     

    The bill, referred to as the El Khomri labor law after Labor Minister Maryan El Khomri, has been enormously unpopular. Critics of the bill say it will weaken unions, threaten employee rights and enhance job insecurity for young people. In recent months, opponents have staged widespread, at times violent, protests.

     

    Earlier this month, the French government invoked a rarely-used clause in the constitution to impose the controversial bill.

     

    “It is my duty to move forward and make sure this text is adopted,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls told parliament after an emergency cabinet meeting, prompting an onslaught of both boos and cheers.


    Words of Wisdom: Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm.

    Posted by thehrdiary on May 25, 2016 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (1)

    ~~ Words of Wisdom ~~

     

    Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. - By Publilius Syrus

     

    HR news - Singapore:- Tripartite partners issue new guidelines for retrenching workers, first revision since 2009

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    HR news - Singapore:- Tripartite partners issue new guidelines for retrenching workers, first revision since 2009

    http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/manpower/tripartite-partners-issue-new-guidelines-for-retrenching-workers-first-revision?utm_campaign=Echobox&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&link_time=1464101454#xtor=CS1-10


    SINGAPORE - Guidelines on how to manage excess manpower and retrench employees have been revised for the first time since 2009, according to a statement from the tripartite partners on Tuesday (May 24).

    The new recommendations include shortening the length of service of those eligible for retrenchment from three to two years, as well as who to let go.

    Instead of laying off workers on such grounds as age or family responsibility, the partners ask employers to consider whether the workers can contribute to the company's future business needs.


    Another major change is how to retrench workers responsibly, including which agencies to inform and when to do so.

    Bosses are also urged to inform workers of the layoff as early as possible, explain the reasons for it and outline how it will be carried out.

    The tripartite partners are the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) and National Trades Union Congress (NTUC). The guidelines, introduced in 2008, were first changed in 2009, amid an economic downturn.

    The partners noted on Tueday the current slowing economy and advised employers to retrench only as a last resort and to use the downtime to upgrade workers' skills or redesign jobs.

    "As local workforce growth is expected to be only 1 per cent per annum until 2020, we urge employers to take a longer-term view of their manpower needs," said SNEF executive director Koh Juan Kiat.

    But if they must retrench, companies are advised to inform MOM and, where relevant, the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (Tafep).

    They are asked to do so as early as possible so that local employees can be helped to find new jobs or receive relevant training.

    Unionised companies are urged to consult their unions early, with the norm being a month before the workers are told.

    Labour MP Patrick Tay, who also chairs the Government Parliamentary Committee for Manpower, welcomed the changes but was worried how non-unionised companies would handle a retrenchment.

    In a Facebook post on Tuesday, he reminded companies that there are many alternatives to a layoff, such as a shorter work week and adopting a flexible wage system.

    If retrenchment is the only recourse, it should be done "fairly, responsibly and sensitively". Notice should not be given during festive seasons like Chinese New Year and Hari Raya, he said.

    Quirky Country laws: No kissing, no sex, no photos - how to avoid arrest in Dubai

    Posted by thehrdiary on May 24, 2016 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (2)

    Quirky Country laws: No kissing, no sex, no photos - how to avoid arrest in Dubai

     

    http://www.traveller.com.au/no-kissing-no-sex-no-photos--how-to-avoid-arrest-in-dubai-1nf7o

    At the quayside in the centre of Dubai, mountains of goods are left unguarded for days as they wait to be loaded onto boats bound for Iran.

    The goods - including boxes of Panasonic flat-screen televisions and Whirlpool refrigerators - sit next to the Dubai Creek wharf without anyone present to keep an eye on them.

     

    Welcome to the United Arab Emirates - a country with strict regulations, which translates into a low crime rate.

     

    Tough rules, on the one hand, are a joy for tourists - there is no watching your back or having to keep your wits about you.

    But on the flip side, the strict regulations mean Westerners can find themselves arrested or detained by police for something that in Australia might be considered rather harmless.

    Aussies have been arrested in the past in the UAE for offences ranging from relatively minor infringements such as non-payment of hotel bills through to allegations of fraud and espionage.

    The UAE (consisting of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras al Kaimah, Fujairah, Ajman, and Umm al Quwain) is a Muslim country and its local laws reflect the fact that Islamic practices and beliefs are closely applied.

    Some of the seven emirates are more strict than others: Sharjah and Ajman, for instance, strictly enforces Islamic law, while Dubai and Abu Dhabi - both with thriving, mainstream tourist industries - are more relaxed.

    Each year almost 1000 Australians are arrested overseas and about 220 are in prisons overseas at any one time, according to Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

    Here are some tips on how to avoid being arrested during a visit to the UAE:

    THE MIDDLE FINGER: Swearing and making rude gestures are criminal acts in the UAE and may result in significant penalties.

    KISSING: Public displays of affection, such as holding hands and kissing, are socially unacceptable. There have been arrests for public displays of affection.

    BROKE: Bouncing cheques and non-payment of bills may result in imprisonment or fines.

    UNDRESSED: In situations other than the beach or swimming pool, a woman's clothing might be considered indecent if it is tight, transparent, above the knee or shows her stomach, shoulders or back.

    CHATTING UP WOMEN: It is illegal to harass women. This includes unwanted conversation, prolonged stares and glaring.

    PHOTOS: Taking photographs of local people, particularly women, without permission and where there has been no previous contact is illegal and can lead to arrest or fines.

    RAMADAN: During the holy month of Ramadan, non-Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public in front of Muslims between sunrise and sunset.

    SEX: Sex outside marriage is banned. Homosexual acts and prostitution are illegal and subject to severe punishment.

    DRINK DRIVING: It is illegal to have any alcohol in your blood when driving.

    DRUGS: The UAE has a zero-tolerance policy towards drugs and penalties for drug trafficking include the death penalty or life in jail.

    MEDICATION: Medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia may be illegal or considered a controlled substance in the UAE. Check the status of the medication before bringing it into the country.

    * Source: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

     

     

     

     

    Quirky Country laws: Norwegian woman: I was raped in Dubai, now I face prison sentence

    Posted by thehrdiary on May 24, 2016 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

    Quirky Country laws: Norwegian woman: I was raped in Dubai, now I face prison sentence

    By Nicola Goulding and Phil O'Sullivan, CNN

    Updated 2041 GMT (0441 HKT) July 21, 2013

    http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/20/world/meast/uae-norway-rape-controversy/

    Norwegian interior designer Marte Deborah Dalelv has spoken out after being handed a 16-month prison sentence in Dubai -- after she went to police to report she had been raped by a colleague.

    The 24-year-old was convicted and sentenced on charges of having unlawful sex, making a false statement and illegal consumption of alcohol.

    Her story is dominating the headlines in Norway, and has raised serious questions over the way women who allege sexual assault are treated in the United Arab Emirates.

    Dalelv, who had been working at an interior design firm in Qatar since September 2011, told CNN on Saturday how a work trip to Dubai in March with three colleagues turned into a nightmare.

    She said she had been out at a bar with her colleagues and friends, and asked a male colleague to walk her to her room when they returned at 3 a.m. to the hotel. She'd asked him to escort her because the hotel was large and confusing, and she didn't want to be wandering on her own, knowing she'd been drinking, she said.

     

    This family handout photo taken in Abu Dhabi in May 2013 shows Norwegian businesswoman Marte Deborah Dalelv, 24.

    When they reached a room, she realized it wasn't hers -- but the man then pulled her inside despite her vocal objections, according to Dalelv.

    "He dragged me by my purse in, so I thought, 'OK, I just need to calm the situation down. I will finish my bottle of water, I will sit here and then I will excuse myself and say I feel fine,'" she said.

    That was pretty much the last thing she said she remembers before the alleged sexual assault. "I woke up with my clothes off, sleeping on my belly, and he was raping me. I tried to get off, I tried to get him off, but he pushed me back down."

    After someone knocked -- the hotel wake-up call -- she managed to get dressed and make it downstairs to the hotel reception, Dalelv said. "I called the police. That is what you do. We are trained on that from when we are very young," she said.

    Some 10 or 12 male police officers arrived, but no female police officers were present, she said. Statements were taken from both Dalelv and the alleged rapist.

    She was then taken to Bur Dubai police station, she said.

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    After again giving her version of events to officers, Dalelv said, "They asked me, 'Are you sure you called the police because you just didn't like it?' I said, 'Well of course I didn't like it.' That is when I knew, I don't think they are going to believe me at all."

    Dalelv says she was taken for an intimate medical exam and tested for alcohol consumption. Her belongings were taken and she was kept in jail for four days, she said, with no explanation as to why.

    Dubai police and UAE government officials have not responded to repeated CNN requests for comment.

    Dalelv said she managed to call her parents on the third day to tell them she had been raped and ask them to contact the Norwegian Embassy. A day later, a representative from the Norwegian consulate came to the police station and she was released -- but her passport was not returned.

    A piece of paper with Arabic text was handed to her, she said. An Arabic speaker told her it listed two charges against her: one for sex outside of marriage and the other for public consumption of alcohol. Both are violations of the law in the United Arab Emirates.

    It was the first time she was made aware that she faced charges, Dalelv said.

    She was allowed out on bail and has been staying since at the Norwegian Seaman's Center in Dubai.

    Subsequently, she said her manager advised her to tell the police it was voluntary sexual intercourse and likely the whole issue would just go away. She followed the advice and in one of the many hearings at the public prosecutor's office, she made a statement saying it was voluntary.

    Dalelv was then charged with making a false statement.

    "That was my biggest regret because it wasn't voluntary. I just thought it would all go away," she told CNN.

    But a representative of Al Mana Interiors, who Dalelv worked for, told CNN that she was not advised by her manager to say the sex was consensual but rather by a police officer, who told her that in Arabic and it was translated into English by her manager.

    Dalelv said a month after the rape, while forced to stay in Dubai as the case wound through the legal system, she was fired.

    The representative, who declined to be publicly identified, said Dalelv and the Sudanese man she accused -- who is married with three children -- have both been terminated by Al Mana Interiors for "drinking alcohol at a staff conference that resulted in trouble with the police."

    A statement released late Saturday by Al Mana Interiors spokesman Hani El Korek said the company was sympathetic to Dalelv "during this very difficult situation." It also said that company representatives were by her side through the initial investigation, spending "days at both the police station and the prosecutor's office to help win her release."

    "Only when Ms. Dalelv declined to have positive and constructive discussions about her employment status, and ceased communication with her employer, was the company forced to end our relationship with her," the statement said.

    "The decision had nothing to do with the rape allegation, and unfortunately neither Ms. Dalelv nor her attorneys have chosen to contact the company to discuss her employment status."

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    The company is owned by Qatari billionaire Wissam Al Mana, who made headlines earlier this year after it was revealed that he has secretly married singer Janet Jackson in 2012.

    Dalelv was convicted Tuesday on all three charges and was sentenced to one year in jail for having unlawful sex, three months in jail for making a false statement and one month for illegal consumption of alcohol.

    CNN could not immediately confirm what happened to the alleged perpetrator, who was charged with public intoxication and having sex outside of marriage.

    Dalelv is scheduled to appear at the court on September 5 to begin the appeal proceedings. Dalelv, who is not allowed to leave the UAE pending the appeal, said her lawyers have instructed her to be prepared to go back into jail while they submit a request for bail while the appeal is ongoing.

    As a rule, CNN does not identify victims of sexual assault, but Dalelv went public with her story.

    A Facebook page has been set up calling for Dalelv's release, as well as a petition urging the Norwegian government to take action on her behalf.

    Her conviction may risk wider diplomatic repercussions.

    Norwegian Foreign Affairs Minister Espen Barth Eide called his UAE counterpart, Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed al-Nahyan, on Friday night to protest Dalelv's sentencing, a statement from the Norwegian ministry said.

    "I emphasized that we believe that the conviction is contrary to fundamental human rights, including conventions that the UAE have officially ratified," Eide is quoted as saying.

    "Norway will continue to do what we can to support her in what is a very difficult situation. Our cooperation with the UAE is strong and good, but I conveyed to my colleague that we are worried that this difficult case may disturb our good relations if we do not reach a good solution in the near future."

    Dalelv told CNN she received a call from Eide on Friday reiterating Norway's support.

    While Dubai has a reputation as a cosmopolitan city that boasts Western influences, where visitors can drink at bars and restaurants and unmarried couples can share hotel rooms, the country adheres to Islamic laws and traditions.

    The United Arab Emirates has been heavily criticized by rights groups, which say it condones sexual violence against women. Human Rights Watch has called its record "shameful," saying it must change the way it handles such cases.

    In December 2012, a British woman reported being raped by three men in Dubai. She was found guilty of drinking alcohol without a license and fined.

    In January 2010, a British woman told authorities she was raped by an employee at a Dubai hotel. She was charged with public intoxication and having sex outside of marriage.

    An Australian woman reported in 2008 that she was drugged and gang-raped. She was convicted of having sex outside marriage and drinking alcohol, and she was sentenced to 11 months in prison.

     



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