Summer working hours in open workplaces effective from June 15: Ministry

The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs has announced that special working hours in open workplaces during summer will take effect from June 15 and will last till August 31 and warned of strict action against companies who don’t comply.

The decision, Ministerial decision No (16) of 2007, stipulates that starting from June 15 to August 31, the work done under the sun or in open workplaces must not be longer than five hours in the morning and must stop between 11:30 am and 3:00 pm.

Employers are required to set a working hours timetable in accordance with the decision. The timetable should be placed in a clearly visible area where all workers can see and labor inspectors can easily spot during their inspection visits.

The Ministry called on the owners of establishments to respect the provisions of the decision and warned that any company violating the decree will be closed for a period not exceeding one month, stressing that inspectors will conduct field visits on the sites to ensure compliance with the provisions of the decision.

The Ministry also called upon those concerned in the companies and various sectors to take into account the conditions of the workers and working conditions in accordance with the prescribed controls.

Source: The Peninsula