UAE's midday break rule set to start on June 15

Programme aims to protect labourers against working in direct sunlight during the hottest months of the year
UAE's midday break rule set to start on June 15
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By Staff writer
Fri 20 May 2016 12:00 AM

The UAE's labour authority has revealed that this year's midday break rule will begin on June 15 and will run until September 16.

Now in its 12th year, the country's programme aims to mitigate the perils of labourers working in direct sunlight during the hottest months of the year.

The UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) said it has reinitiated the Midday Break Decree, preventing any sort of work under direct sunlight between 12.30pm and 3pm for three months, Construction Week Online reported.

For exceptional cases wherein work cannot be paused due to technical reasons, Humaid bin Deemas, Labour Affairs Assistant Under-Secretary at MOHRE, has launched a decree stating that employers must supply workers with all facilities that cater to their health.

These facilities include first aid packages, air-conditioners, sunshades, and cold water.

Violators will be fined $1,361 for each person found working during break hours while a maximum fine of up to $13,613 could be levied if the case involves a large number of labourers.

The company also faces the threat of being downgraded and temporarily suspended from operations.

Saqr bin Ghobash, the UAE's Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation, said labourers recording overtime duty must be compensated according to the country's labour law stipulations.

The ruling also requires employers to post a clear schedule informing workers of their daily working hours during the period, and provide shelter to the workers during the resting periods.

Employers are urged to provide all necessary health kits to help workers exposed to hazards and dangerous tools, according to state agency WAM.

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