UAE: MoHRE announces end of Midday break of workers

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation reported that the midday break, which prohibited labourers across construction sites from working during afternoon hours, ends on September 15, 2022.

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation reported that the midday break, which prohibited labourers across construction sites from working during afternoon hours, ends on September 15, 2022.

The decision was taken by the organisation and came into force on June 15 and continues for ninety-two days, which leads to banning working under the sun during afternoon hours 12:30 to 3 pm, ends of September 15 2022.

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The Mid-day breaks were provided to labourers to protect them from excess heat exposure.

Ministery said it had completed 55,192 inspection visits, with the obedience rate reaching 99%.

The midday break was implemented for the eighteenth year in a row. The break involves a series of controls, procedures, awareness programmes and events organised to cooperate with partners from the private sector.

Public members could report breaches of the midday break through MoHRE’s call centre and its application.

Some jobs and jobs were exempt from the midday break for technical reasons, which required work to continue uninterrupted.

These include project works such as spreading the asphalt mixture or pouring concrete or other work necessary to ward off danger, repair damage, malfunctions or accidental emergency losses, including labour to repair obstruction in water supply lines, sewage lines and gas or oil pipelines.

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It also banned works whose performance required a permit from a relevant government entity because of their impact on the flow of traffic and services, which required it to be carried out around the clock, such as in the case of diversion of traffic or the cutting off of electricity and telecom lines.

In case of the exemption, the employer had to provide cold drinking water to the workers and maintain the conditions of safety and public health by delivering hydrating food and liquids, such as salt and lemon, or other foods approved by the local authorities for such circumstances.

Administrative fines in case of breach amounted to Dh5,000 for each labourer and a maximum of Dh50,000 for multiple labourers.

Tariq Saeed

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