Saudi cracks down on employers flouting Ramadan hours

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Companies must reduce working hours for both Muslims and non-Muslims to no more than 36 per week, or six hours per day, during the Islamic holy month.

Companies must reduce working hours for both Muslims and non-Muslims to no more than 36 per week, or six hours per day, during the Islamic holy month.

The Saudi Arabian Labour Ministry is cracking down on private companies where employees work more than six hours a day during Ramadan.

According to ministry regulations, companies must reduce working hours for both Muslims and non-Muslims to no more than 36 per week, or six hours per day, during the Islamic holy month.

Ministry officials said they would carry out inspections during the month and urged employees to file a complaint if they are working overtime.

Employees in UAE private sector firms also have complained they are being made to work more than six hours a day during Ramadan, despite rules from the UAE Ministry of Labour stipulating otherwise.

The rule applies to employees in both free zone and non-free zone areas across the country, without a reduction in pay.

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