Majority of firms complying with Mid-day break rule, UAE

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation in the United Arab Emirates has said that the compliance with the rule for a compulsory mid-day break since the implementation date till mid-July has been registered at an impressive registered 99.8 per centby 29,185 firms.

The ministry said that 47 firms violated the laws during the period since it was introduced in mid-July.Maher Al-Obed, Assistant Undersecretary for Inspectional Affairs pointed out that the data was collected across the country during the period by trained inspectors. He said that there were 18 teams of inspectors across the country and 29,232 inspectional visits and 16,651 informative visits were carried out during the previous month.

Al-Obed appreciated the companies, which complied with the midday break period rule. The rule reduced three working hours during the mid-day break period on daily basis in order to ensure safety and health of the workers. The officials also said that those in violation will be fined Dh 5,000 per worker found working during the break period and might exceed to Dh50,000 if there are a large number of workers. Officials also warned that the violating companies will be degraded with consideration of suspension.

Al-Obed said, "We carried out 5,124 inspectional visits in the capital,  3538 visits in Al Ain, Dubai saw 3, 672 visits, 4202 visits in Sharjah, 4236 visits in Ajman, 4268 visits in Ras Al Khaimah, 2642 visits in Umm Al Qaiwain and 1, 550 inspectional visits in Fujairah." He said that the inspectors did a very good job including recording and photographing violations.

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