30 UAE firms violate midday break rule so far

Ministry of Labour says 30 companies exposed after so far carrying out 27,000 site visits across the UAE

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Thirty UAE companies have so far been exposed for violating the country's midday break rule which aims to protect labourers working outside during the hottest months of the year.

The Ministry of Labour said that out of the 27,000 visits conducted between mid-June and the end of July, inspectors reported around 30 violations of the law which bans labourers from working on-site between 12:30pm and 3pm.

The midday break rule began on June 15 and will continue until September 15.

Maher Al Obed, Assistant Under-Secretary for Inspectional Affairs, said in comments published by news agency WAM that the statistics showed high rates of commitment to the law.

Apart from catching violations during visits, inspectors distributed brochures to help raise awareness among labourers and emphasise the importance of complying with the decision.

Business owners are also urged to provide shaded areas for workers during the break period, adopt an 8-hour work day, and reimburse labourers for overtime.

Al Obed said that violators will be fined AED5,000 ($1,361) per worker found working during banned hours, not exceeding AED50,000, risk a temporary shut-down and a reduction in their recruitment classification.

He added: "There are some exceptional cases that require continuation of work during those periods for technical reasons, but employers are obliged to provide cold drinking water, safety tools and materials, including salt, lemon, and fresh salads, which are all required necessities as approved by health authorities in the country."

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