‘Ease hours dur­ing bad weather’

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An FNC mem­ber has said em­ploy­ees should be given flex­i­ble work­ing hours if they are com­mut­ing dur­ing bad weather. Ha­mad Ahmed Al Ra­houmi, who rep­re­sents Dubai, told yes­ter­day’s meet­ing that peo­ple rush­ing to get to work in the foggy con­di­tions, such as those wit­nessed in re­cent months, can be danger­ous. He said: “There have been many re­ports of se­ri­ous road ac­ci­dents in thick fog es­pe­cially when em­ploy­ees are com­mut­ing to work in the morn­ing. “There is need to in­tro­duce a new law specif­i­cally to reg­u­late flex­i­ble work hours across the coun­try to pro­tect em­ploy­ees from crashes that may re­sult from driv­ing in foggy weather.” He noted that reg­u­la­tions al­low­ing em­ploy­ees to be late for work by two or three hours in early morn­ing could help pre­vent ac­ci­dents and save peo­ple’s lives. Hus­sain Ebrahim Al Ham­madi, the Min­is­ter of Education and Chair­man of the Fed­eral Au­thor­ity for Hu­man Re­sources, said there is al­ready a pro­vi­sion that al­lows peo­ple to in­form their bosses about them de­lay­ing for work dur­ing bad weather. “The law al­ready pro­tects work­ers from any dan­gers in­clud­ing bad weather,” he said. “There is a mo­bile app which pub­lic em­ploy­ees can use to in­form their man­agers about their de­lay to re­port to work be­cause of foggy weather or other rea­sons.” Salem Al She­hhi, a mem­ber from Ras Al Khaimah said: “It’s im­por­tant for peo­ple, es­pe­cially those com­mut­ing from Dubai or Al Ain, roads that have seen many crashes due to bad weather, to re­frain from driv­ing un­til when the sit­u­a­tion is okay for their safety.”

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