Firms fined for flouting midday break
More than 180 firms were caught this summer violating the mandatory midday break rule in the UAE, which gives respite to workers during the sweltering heat.
The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation yesterday said 187 companies were fined between Dhs5,000 and Dhs50,000 for making their employees work between the hours of 12.30pm and 3pm.
Companies that failed to comply were also considered for suspension from trading.
The midday break is implemented between June 15 and September 15, when temperatures in the Middle East hit their peak.
Maher Al Obed, Assistant Undersecretary for Inspectional Affairs, said: “We carried out 66,302 inspectional visits, 10,040 in the capital and 7,062 in Al Ain, while Dubai saw 13,569 visits.
“We conducted 7,197 visits in Sharjah, 7,522 visits in Ajman, 7,847 visits in Ras Al Khaimah, 4,275 visits in Umm Al Quwain and 8,790 inspectional visits in Fujairah.” Last week, 7DAYS told how that although the mandatory midday break for outdoors workers ended on September 15, some construction companies said they will voluntarily extend breaks if temperatures and humidity reach a certain point. The ministry can also tell firms to temporarily reinstate the break.
Ossama Mohamed Hantash, construction manager at a Seidco site on Reem Island, said last week: “It is still very hot and the actual status within the site is hotter, we cannot make people work in those conditions continuously, no one should be working in such hot temperatures.
“So whenever the temperature goes higher than 40 degrees Celsius and humidity exceeds normal levels, we give longer breaks of up to three hours.”
HEATING UP: More than 180 firms broke the midday break rules