Midday Break Hours Announced for 3 Months in UAE

  • Publish date: Wednesday، 08 June 2022
Midday Break Hours Announced for 3 Months in UAE

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) in the UAE has announced the start of the midday break for labourers at project and construction sites from June 15 to September 15.

For the safety of labourers, working between 12:30-3pm will not be allowed.

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

Employers are urged to provide all necessary health kits to help workers exposed to hazards and dangerous tools, in addition to following safety instructions and distributing awareness leaflets to both employers and labourers to promote such awareness.

Violators will be fined AED5,000 per person found working during the break hours, up to a maximum AED50,000 if the case involves a large number of workers. The company will be downgraded with considerations of temporally stopping its right to function.

For exceptional cases which require work continuation during those periods for technical reasons, Humaid bin Deemas, Labour Affairs Assistant Under-Secretary, launched a Decree stating that employers must supply workers with all facilities that cater to their health, including first aid, air-conditioners, sunshades and cold water.

Members of the public can report violations of the ban through the Ministry's call centre on 600590000 from Monday to Saturday, 8am to 8pm, in several languages — or register their complaints on the authority's app.

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