UAE: Mid-day work ban to begin on June 15

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The UAE’s annual midday work ban comes into force on June 15 for all people whose jobs are outside, state news agency WAM reported.

The ban, which is enforced every summer in the country, requires all outside work to stop from 12:30 p.m. until 3 p.m., and for employees to be allowed to rest in a shaded place during the break.

The UAE has thousands of laborers who work outside on building sites, gardening and other lines of work and in the summer temperatures in the country regularly reach in excess of 40C.

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The ban restricts working hours for outdoor workers to eight hours – any work over that should be compensated with overtime pay.

Violators will be fined up $13,600, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.

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