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UAE enforces 20th year ‘Midday Break’ regulation, effective from Saturday

Fri 14 Jun 2024    
The Brew News Team | < 1 min read

Abu Dhabi: The UAE is steadfast in its commitment to enforce the ban on outdoor work in direct sunlight for the twentieth consecutive year. Starting from Saturday, work will be prohibited from 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM, a crucial regulation aimed at ensuring the safety and well-being of laborers during the scorching summer months.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) oversees the implementation of this midday break, underscoring its dedication to occupational health and safety. Community members can report violations through the ministry’s call center or its smart application, ensuring strict adherence to the regulation.

Fines of up to AED5,000 per worker and a maximum of AED50,000 for multiple violations will be imposed on establishments flouting the ban. Moreover, in a proactive move, MoHRE, in collaboration with various entities, has arranged for 6,000 rest stations for delivery workers across the UAE, extending their commitment to workers’ welfare.

Also read: Dubai Health Authority conducted 615 inspections in Q1 this year

The UAE’s efforts extend beyond the midday break, encompassing initiatives such as the national platform for registering workers’ housing. This system aims to enhance living standards and ensure compliance with accommodation standards, reflecting the nation’s dedication to workers’ well-being.

Additionally, the UAE boasts a comprehensive social protection system for workers, including unemployment insurance and alternative end-of-service benefits schemes. These initiatives, along with systems for wage protection and occupational health and safety, are pivotal in fostering a safe and secure working environment for all workers in the UAE.

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