UAE labour ministry fines 10 firms for violations

Inspection campaign launched to ensure full compliance with Ramadan working hours

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The UAE Labour Ministry has launched an inspection campaign, with the collaboration of the General Directorate of Residence and Foreigners Affairs at the Dubai Police, aimed at ensuring full compliance by firms in the emirate with the working hours during the month of Ramadan.

The ministry had reduced working hours of private sector companies from eight to six hours per day during the holy month. A joint team of 38 inspectors inspected 91 firms last week and fined 10 firms $13,612 each for breaching the federal labour law by recruiting violators.

“Penalties include suspension of the firm’s file and a fine of $13,612 on every firm found hiring a foreigner not on its sponsorship, or leaving him work for other firm without meeting stipulations of transfer of sponsorship,” said Isa Al Zarouni, director of the Labour Inspection Department in Dubai.

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