The Ministry of Labour, on Saturday, said that 99.6 per cent of the companies operating in the UAE showed compliance with the mandatory midday-break for people working under the sun during the summer months which went into effect on June 15.
Only 34 companies, or 0.04 per cent of the total number of firms operating in the UAE, violated the regulation and were punished duly, according to the ministry’s Assistant Undersecretary For Inspection Affairs Maher Al Obad.
The ministry’s compliance inspectors made 7,965 visits to worksites to ensure compliance with the rule which runs till September 15. As many as 116 other visits to raise awareness of the rule were made by the ministry’s teams to worksites between June 1-26. The 16 inspection teams visited some worksites more than one time.
According to the decision, workers are banned from working under the sun or in exposed outdoor areas between 12.30 and 3pm.