UAE: 59 Midday Work Ban Violations Detected in 67,000 Inspections

Establishments that violate the law may be penalized Dh5,000 per worker, with a maximum penalty of Dh50,000 in cases involving many workers.

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The UAE's Midday work ban

The majority of businesses in the UAE have committed to enforcing the midday work prohibition for employees who must work outdoors between 12:30 and 3:00 PM. The midday break program, which started on June 15, will continue until that date in September.

Only 59 violations have been discovered, according to the UAE Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratization (MoHRE), with 130 employees overall participating in these breaches by their individual organizations.

Employers are obligated to give workers access to shaded spaces and cooling devices like fans during their downtime under the scheme, which has been in place for 19 years straight. As Establishments that disobey the law face fines of up to Dh50,000 for numerous employees and Dh5,000 for each worker.

From June 15 to August 17, the ministry visited establishments for more than 67,000 inspections.

"The midday break is one of a number of strong measures taken by MoHRE to protect workers' rights and provide all conditions and components of occupational safety and health," said Mohsen Al Nassi, assistant undersecretary for Inspection Affairs at the ministry.

"These inspections and awareness-raising campaigns are a part of our commitment to making sure that establishments abide by decisions and rules intended to provide the best humanitarian and social standards that increase the competitiveness and flexibility of the labor market in the UAE."

The MoHRE called on residents and workers themselves to report any violations by contacting its call centre at 600590000 or by through its app and website.

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