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UAE midday work ban ends today

Mandatory midday break for labourers who work in sun started 15 June

NEWS, Projects, Midday work ban, UAE Ministry of Labour

The mandatory midday break for UAE labourers who work in the sun during summer months ends today (15 September).

Since 15 June the Ministry of Labour has required companies to give a two-and-a-half hour break from 12.30pm to 3pm to labourers who work in open areas such as construction sites.

At the time, the Ministry urged business owners to provide shaded areas for the workers during their break period and to completely cease work.

It warned that violators will be fined AED15,000 ($4,083), if found forcing labourers to work under direct sunlight, adding that if a large number of workers are affected, the company might face temporary suspension from operations.

About 99.88% of the 44,779 companies subjected to Ministry raids were found following the rule, according to official statistics

Maher Al Obed, assistant Undersecretary for the Inspection Department, said 18 teams of inspectors had been formed to ensure all companies were abiding by the rules.

The Ministry of Labour conducted 138,801 inspections during 2013, including 11,807 to assess accommodation standards and 80,571 to ensure workers were not outdoors during the banned period.


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