UAE: 99.88% compliance with midday break rule
Only 11 firms violated the midday work ban since its launch date of 15 June, 2015, and 30 June, 2015, UAE Ministry of Labour says
The UAE's Ministry of Labour said it has recorded 99.88% compliance for the midday break decision between 15 June, 2015, the day the rule was implemented, to 30 June, 2015.
Records were gathered from 10,430 firms across the UAE, Maher Al-Obed, assistant under-secretary for inspectional affairs at the ministry said.
Al-Obed added only 11 firms violated the laws.
"Through 18 inspectional teams, we carried out 1,544 inspectional visits in the Capital [Abu Dhabi], and 985 visits in Al Ain; Dubai saw 1,983 Visits, 1,361 visits in Sharjah, 1,068 visits in Ajman, 1,369 visits in Ras al-Khaimah, 1,381 visits in Umm Al Qaiwain, and 728 inspectional visits in Fujairah," Al-Obed said.
According to him, Abu Dhabi witnessed 1,525 labour educational field visits, while 741 visits took place in Dubai.
Al-Obed said violators will be fined $1,361 (AED5,000) per worker found working during the break, not exceeding $13,612 (AED50,000).
"The company’s profile will be forwarded by the inspections department to the [labour] minister’s office, where it might face temporally stoppage plus degradation in its classification level," he added.
The ministry has stated that daily working hours must not exceed eight hours in the morning or night shift, and overtime should be paid to those working additional hours as stated by the Federal Law No. 8 of 1980 on labour Affairs.
A committed employer should also hang a daily work schedule in Arabic to ease inspectional observations and other languages for workers to understand.
According to the ministry’s decision, labourers must not work at all during the banned hours if they usually work outdoors; however, companies working on emergency projects can resume work on banned times.
"Workers must be supplied with water, healthy salts and lemon, which is approved for use by health authorities in the country. They must provide first aid kits on site in addition to protective umbrellas," according to the ministry.
The law, currently in its 11th year, was launched to promote health and safety precautions while on duty, in accordance with international standards.
It also enquires employers to post a clear scheduling of the daily working hours during the midday break period, further to that provide shaded areas to labourers during the resting hours.