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16 Aug 2023

By Ali Al Shouk, The National (UAE)

UAE: Almost 50 employers have breached Govt. midday break rules, leaving workers vulnerable due to extreme heat

“Dozens of employers caught flouting UAE midday break rules”

Nearly 50 cases of employers not giving outdoor workers their statutory midday break have been uncovered this summer, officials have said.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation said it is vital for outdoor workers' health that employers provide the time off between 12.30pm and 3pm – when temperatures can soar well into the 40°Cs…

“The purpose is to prevent heat-related illnesses and protect the rights of workers,” the ministry told The National

Companies caught breaking the rules will face fines of Dh5,000 ($1,360) per worker, reaching a maximum of Dh50,000…

Included in the strict guidelines for employers to follow are that they must provide employees with a shaded place to rest during their break and daily working hours – for morning, evening or both shifts – should not exceed eight hours.

If a member of staff works for longer than eight hours, it will be considered paid overtime…