By Gavin Gibbon
Employees who work outdoors will be banned from working between 12.30pm and 3pm
The annual afternoon working ban in the UAE for those employed outdoors is to take effect from the middle of June, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE).
The ‘Noon Work Ban’ prohibits employees from working between 12.30pm and 3pm under the searing summer heat, while employers are ordered to provide shaded areas where workers can rest during breaks.
Under the decision by Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, daily working hours, for morning, evening or both shifts, are not to exceed eight hours. Anything above this will be classed as overtime and the worker is to be paid accordingly, according to the Federal Law concerning the Regulation of Labour Relations.
A report on Emirates News Agency (WAM) said: “The decision has excluded jobs where, for technical reasons, work must continue non-stop, from the specified ban, 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, as well as thirst-quenching items, such as salts, lemon and etc., as used by the local authorities, in addition to first-aid kits in the workplace.”
Companies which do not follow the ‘Noon Work Ban’ will be fined AED5,000 per worker up to a maximum of AED50,000.