• Covid-19 Emergency Legislation now Law

    A sunset law has come into effect today to enable special measures aimed at assisting individuals, families and businesses combat the adverse effects of Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent imposition of the public health emergency [...]

  • Employment Act Revised

    The parliament has enacted several changes to the Employment Act. The amendment bill passed on Sunday, 6 September 2020 was initially submitted by the government in June 2019. However, the parliament’s version is a bit [...]

  • Big Changes to Employment Law Expected

    The parliament is in the last stages of adopting a series of amendments to the Employment Act. The government had earlier in June 2019 submitted an amendment bill to bring some changes to the Employment [...]

  • Onerous Obligation of Expatriate Accommodation

    It is often said that government policy initiatives can have serious implications on businesses. It can cause costs associated with the business to either increase or decrease – directly in the form of taxes, fees [...]

  • New Expatriate Employment Regulations Launched

    In a major policy intervention, the Maldives Government has today launched the new and revised Expatriate Employment Regulations. It is now published in the government gazette as Regulation Number 2020/R-62. The complete set The new [...]

  • SC decides law of frustration; adopts common law

    In a recent decision[1], the Supreme Court has demarcated the ambit and parameters of the doctrine of frustration as it applies under Maldives law. The decision of the apex court answers two key questions: (i) [...]

  • Lease Rent Penalty Reduced Significantly

    In a noteworthy move, the Ministry of Tourism has today reduced significantly the penalty payable in respect of delayed lease rent payments. This policy change is reflected in the 4th Amendment to the Tourist Resorts, [...]

  • Proposal for Reduced Lease Rent

    On 20 July 2020, the government announced its intention to propose a lease rent reduction for tourism properties in some distant atolls. The proposal is represented graphically in the caption. The law before 2010 The [...]

  • Covid Extension for Resort Construction Periods

    Many a developer involved in the construction of Maldives resort properties recently suffered project delays due to Covid-related lockdowns, shutdowns and interruptions. More often than not, construction and development of a tourist resort happens with [...]

  • Entering the Maldives to Manage a Resort – 4 Simple Steps

    You have identified a resort property that you would like to manage in the Maldives. You have concluded your negotiations on a hotel management agreement with the owner of the property. You are about to [...]

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