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UAE labour midday break records 99.8% compliance

Up to 29,185 firms have met MOHRE's stipulations, as recorded till mid-July, while 47 firms violated the laws, the UAE's labour authority reportedly revealed

The UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has recorded 99.8% compliance with its midday work break scheme. [Representational image]
The UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation has recorded 99.8% compliance with its midday work break scheme. [Representational image]

The UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) announced it has recorded 99.8% compliance with its midday break scheme. 

Up to 29,185 firms have met MOHRE's stipulations, as recorded till mid-July, while 47 firms violated the laws. 

Maher Al-Obed, Assistant Undersecretary for Inspectional Affairs at MOHRE, said the records were gathered across the UAE by 18 teams of inspectors.

Al-Obed said 29,232 inspectional visits were carried out during the past month, and 16,651 informative visits took place during the same period.

Under the UAE's midday work break scheme, companies are obliged to give a two-and-a-half hour break from 12.30pm to 3pm, to labourers working under direct sunlight.

The three-month midday break ban will last until 15 September.

Employers are instructed to provide a shaded area for workers to rest during the midday break and employers should provide adequate preventive methods to protect workers from work-related injuries.

Violators will be fined $1,361 (AED5,000) for each person found working during break hours.

A maximum fine of up to $13,613 (AED50,000) could be levied if the case involves a large number of labourers.

"The erring company will be degraded with consideration of suspension," WAM reported. 

Al-Obed said 5,124 inspectional visits were carried out in Abu Dhabi. 

"3538 visits in Al Ain, Dubai saw 3, 672 visits, 4202 visits in Sharjah, 4236 visits in Ajman, 4268 visits in Ras Al Khaimah, 2642 visits in Umm Al Qaiwain, and 1, 550 inspectional visits in Fujairah [were also carried out]," he continued. 

Inspectors across all 18 teams displayed "excellent" levels of commitment, Al-Obed said, commending their role in recording and photographing violations for evidence. 

According to the ministry’s resolution, labourers must not work during the ban hours if they work in open places.

However, companies working on urgent projects can resume work after ban timings. 

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