UAE's Mohre receives 42 midday work ban violation reports in 2019

Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation says five of the 42 violation reports have been approved

The UAE's midday work ban aims to safeguard worker health [representational].
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The UAE's midday work ban aims to safeguard worker health [representational].

The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resource and Emiratisation (Mohre) has revealed that 42 violations related to the midday work ban — which is observed in the Emirates between 15 June and 15 September each year, prohibiting workers from performing outdoor work under direct sunlight — were reported to its teams in 2019.

According to the UAE’s state news agency, Wam, assistant undersecretary for inspection affairs at the ministry, Maher Al Owaid, said that Mohre had approved five of the 42 reported violations.

Mohre’s plan during the validity of the decision included two pillars, the first of which was aimed at the ministry’s partnership with private companies, as part of which individuals may report violations through the ministry’s call centres, customer happiness centres, and Taqyeem service operators, which monitor entities that violate the work ban descision.

The second feature covers educating employers, employees, and the community on the importance of the midday work ban by conducting field visits, delivering lectures, and organising workshops, in addition to distributing brochures in Arabic, English, and Urdu.

A fine of $1,361 (AED5,000) will be levied on companies that are found violating the midday work ban for each worker, with the maximum amount being as high as $13,612 (AED50,000) in cases involving many workers, Wam added. 

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