How did UAE's midday break law fare in 2016?

The country's labour ministry has revealed how many companies complied with the midday work break scheme this year

Firms that violated MHRE's rules will be fined up to $1,361 per worker. [Representational image]
Firms that violated MHRE's rules will be fined up to $1,361 per worker. [Representational image]

More than 150 violations of the UAE's midday break stipulations were found by the country's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MHRE). 

The midday break rule, implemented between 15 June and 15 September this year, prevents labourers from working under direct sunlight between 12.30pm and 3pm. 

Out of 66,115 firms, 99.72% complied with MHRE's rules, and 187 companies were found to have flouted the midday break stipulations. 

Maher Al-Obed, assistant under-secretary for inspectional affairs at MHRE, praised the companies that adhered to the rule. 

Al-Obed said 66,302 inspections were carried out over the three-month period, of which more than 10,000 were in Abu Dhabi and 13,569 in Dubai. 

In addition, 7062 inspections in Al Ain, 7,197 site visits in Sharjah, 7,522 inspections in Ajman, 7,847 inspections in Ras Al Khaimah, 4,275 visits in Umm Al Qaiwain, and 8,790 inspections in Fujairah were also carried out.

Violators will be fined $1,361 (AED5,000) per worker as per ministry rules. 


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