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Midday Break Rule Violations Found in 61 Cases This Year


Dubai, United Arab Emirates : 04 August 2010

Out of almost 2,400 inspected job sites, only 2,338 have been found to be compliant

Over the course of this year 61 violations of the mid-day break rule have been reported by the Permanent Committee for Labor Affairs in Dubai.

The rule, which went into enforcement in 2005 and requires outdoor construction labor to take a short break in the middle of the day, was extended through September beginning this year.  Specifically the order stated that any work being done under the sun must cease between 12:30pm and 3:00pm, as issued by Saqr Ghobash of the Ministry of Labour.

As reported in a WAM statement, 2399 sites have been inspected and 2338 of them were found to be compliant.

The committee recommended that the Ministry of Labour issue and collect fines from those found in violation, according to the officials who oversee inspections.

Brigadier Mohamed Al-Marri is head of the inspection team and stated that 15 inspectors made site visits to check for employer compliance.  Workers are protected by this rule until September 15 and should be kept out of the hot sun for two and a half hours each afternoon.

There were a higher number of mid-day break rule compliances reported last month, according to the Director of the Inspection Dept in Abu Dhabi, Mohsin Al Nasa.

Cumulative numbers of inspections held by the team at the Ministry of Labour was 14,040, covering 13,845 different firms, and only 195 violations were recorded.

The fine for violating the mid-day break rule is anywhere from Dh10,000 to Dh30,000 and also includes the company being barred from getting new work permits for nearly 12 months.

Andrew Reid, Staff Writer, Gulf Jobs Market News
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