UAE to implement Noon Work Ban from mid-June

Any establishment that does not comply with the decision shall be fined AED5,000 per worker

UAE to implement Noon Work Ban from mid-June
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UAE to implement Noon Work Ban from mid-June

UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) has announced that it will implement a "noon work ban" to jobs performed "under sunlight and outdoors", between 12:30pm and 3pm, to begin from mid-June.

As per the annual, recurring work ban decision, employers who hire workers are expected to provide them with a shaded place for rest during their breaks, UAE's state run news agency Wam reported.

Daily working hours, for morning, evening or both shifts, must not exceed eight hours. In the event where a worker works beyond eight of the 24 hours, the extra time will be deemed overtime, for which the worker is to be paid, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Law concerning the Regulation of Labour Relations.

The decision has exempted - from the decision - jobs where, for technical reasons, work must continue non-stop, provided that employers provide cool drinking water in proportion with the number of workers and in accordance with the requirements of public safety and health.

In addition, employers must provide first-aid kits in the workplace and strict adherence to all precautionary measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 must also be observed, the official decision states.

Any establishment that does not comply with the terms and conditions of the decision shall be fined AED5,000 per worker, and a maximum of AED50,000 in case several workers are employed during the ban.

In addition, the establishment will have its file suspended or its status downgraded in the MOHRE classification system adopted by the ministry upon the breach, depending on the gravity of the non-compliance.

The concerned establishment is entitled to complain within 30 days from the date of confirming the breach, which will be examined by a special committee that will take a final decision on it.

The decision also reportedly requires employers to provide appropriate protective equipment that protect workers from the injuries they may have due to using machines and other tools, and to follow all the other methods of protection, provided in the labour law and its implementing ministry decisions. 

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