UAE sees 99.88% compliance with midday work ban
Only 56 establishments violated the law, says Ministry of Labour
A recent report issued by the department of inspections at the Ministry of Labour has said that this year saw 99.88% of the total number of businesses in the UAE comply with the midday break law, which bans duty under the direct sun in open work areas.
According to WAM, the report, covering the period from mid-June to 9 August, noted that 44,779 facilities complied with the midday work ban, with only 56 establishments (0.12% of the total number of facilities) found to have violated the law.
Mubarak Saeed Al Dhaheri, undersecretary of the Ministry of Labour, said that with this year being the tenth year this law came into effect, statistics have shown that the compliance rates have increased yearly, which confirms the owners’ commitment to the laws and regulations imposed by the ministry.
Al Dhaheri pointed out that the importance of the law comes within the framework of protecting the health and safety of workers during the extreme high temperatures seen in the summer, while at the same time taking into account the interests of the business as well.
"The percentage breakdown of the commitment to midday break is as follows: Abu Dhabi: 99.97%, Dubai: 99.83%, Sharjah: 99.97, Ajman: 99.92% and Ras Al Khaimah: 98.63%,” Al Dhaheri said. “Both Umm Al Quwain and Fujairah achieved a 100% commitment score.”
Al Dhaheri said that a fine of AED15,000 ($4,083) will be slapped on employers for having labourers work during the midday work ban, as well as for employing labourers who do not have a work permit from the ministry.