UAE announces private sector Ramadan hours

Labour Ministry says working hours to be cut to maximum six hours per day for holy month
UAE announces private sector Ramadan hours
Sharia, Sharia compliance, sukuk, Islamic finance
By Andy Sambidge
Mon 16 Jul 2012 09:04 PM

The working hours of private sector companies in the UAE will be reduced from eight to six hours per day during Ramadan, officals said on Monday.

The reduction in hours for the holy month will not affect the salaries of employees, the Ministry of Labour said in comments published by state news agency WAM.

Labour Minister Saqr Gobash said he has issued a ministerial circular to private sector companies on the reduction of work hours in the UAE.

Separately, it was announced that the working hours of public sector employees will be from 9am to 2pm during Ramadan.

Last week, a ministry statement said that employers would be required to reduce working hours to 36 per week during the Islamic holy month, which is expected to begin on July 21.

Those caught breaching the rules face fines, the ministry said.

Employees will be permitted to work overtime, but for a maximum of two hours per day, and will be entitled to payment of 25 percent of their basic salary in the daytime, and 50 percent at nighttime.

In 2011, the Ministry of Labour said it received 46 complaints from employees in Dubai claiming their companies were flouting laws that restrict working hours in Ramadan.

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