x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

Workday to be 2 hours shorter during Ramadan, ministry rules

The new schedule will apply to Muslims and non-Muslims working in offices and construction sites, the Ministry of Laboiur has announced.

The workday will be two hours shorter during Ramadan, the Ministry of Labour has announced.

Office timings will be reduced from eight hours to six hours or down to 36 hours a week.

Ramadan is expected to start around July 21.

The new schedule will apply to Muslims and non-Muslims working in offices and construction sites. Labourers should have similar timings along with their midday break, the ministry said.

Employees can opt for an overtime of up to two extra hours and will have to be compensated accordingly. Ministry officials said they should be paid 25 per cent of their basic salary every day for a morning duty and 50 per cent if they are on a night shift.

Complaints against employers violating the regulations can be made on 800665.

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