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UAE inspectors uncover 187 midday break rule violations

Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation reveals 99.72% compliance rate among 66,115 firms

UAE inspectors uncover 187 midday break rule violations

Nearly 200 violations of the UAE's midday break rule were reported between June 15 and September 15, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MHRE).

Figures published by news agency WAM showed a 99.72 percent compliance rate of the rule among 66,115 firms, with 187 violations reported.

The rule prevents any sort of work under direct sunlight between 12.30pm and 3pm for three months to ensure the safety and health of the workers, mainly those working in the construction industry.

Maher Al-Obed, Assistant Under-Secretary for Inspectional Affairs, praised those companies that adhered to the rule, saying 66,302 inspectional visits were made during the three-month period.

More than 10,000 were made in Abu Dhabi, 7062 in Al Ain, 13,569 in Dubai, 7,197 in Sharjah, 7,522 in Ajman, 7,847 in Ras Al Khaimah, 4,275 in Umm Al Qaiwain and 8,790 in Fujairah, he said.

According to the ministry, violators of the rule will be fined AED5,000 per worker, to a maximum of AED50,000 if the case involved a large number of employees. Those companies that are not adhering to the rule will be degraded, with possible consideration of suspension.

Humaid Bin Deemas, Labour Affairs Assistant Under-Secretary  added that for exceptional cases which require work to continue during those periods for technical reasons, employers must provide all facilities that cater to the health of workers, including first aid, air-conditioning, sunshades and cold water.

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