MoHRE confirms that mid-day work ban starts from June 15, 2020

Ban will prohibit work between 12:30PM to 3:00PM and will run to September 15, 2020

The UAE’s Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has announced that it will begin implementing the ban on works performed under the sun and in open places from 12:30PM to 3:00Pm from today.

The ban will run from June 15, 2020 through to September 15, 2020, a WAM agency report said. The annual decision prohibits the resumption of work before 3:00PM, while also enforcing a requirement for employers to provide workers with a shaded place to rest during their breaks.

Under the terms of the decision, daily working hours, for morning, evening or both shifts, are not to exceed eight hours. If a worker exceeds such eight hours within 24 hours, the extra time will be deemed overtime, for which the worker is to be paid, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Law concerning the Regulation of Labour Relations, it said.

Companies responsible for works which must continue for technical reasons are exempt from the ban. Workers can continue working during the banned hours if they are working on projects that cannot be postponed for technical reasons such as asphalting of roads and laying concrete as well as repairing damage in water pipes, petrol pipes, sewage pipes or the disconnection of electrical lines.

This also includes those working on projects licensed from governmental departments which could affect the flow of traffic, or also that which could affect electrical, water supplies or communications.

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