MOHRE stresses importance of working hours law

January 10, 2023 thehrobserver-MoHRE-workinghours

By the HR Observer Staff

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has asked for feedback on the current UAE working hours within the private sector, reported national newspaper Al Ittihad on Tuesday.

The ministry indicated that Article 17 of Federal Decree-Law No. (33) of 2021 regarding the organisation of labor relations “UAE Labor Law” specified working hours per day in the private sector to eight working hours per day, or 48 hours per week.

According to the newspaper, the ministry received electronic responses within their  “working hours” dialogue that is part of the ministry’s keenness to involve the public in developing and improving its services and policies through receiving feedback from different segments.

“The daily working hours can be increased or decreased for some economic sectors or some categories of employment,” the ministry said. “In addition to working and rest times, there are hours in which it is prohibited to work for certain categories of employment, according to the classification of employment that was specified in the executive regulations of the Labor Relations Law,” the ministry stated.

The Ministry added that in the event an employee is not a full timer, the employer for whom the employee works, may not demand the worker to work for him more than the hours agreed upon in the work contract, except with the worker’s written consent.

Nonetheless, in case the employee wants to work remotely, whether from inside or outside the country with the approval of the employer, the parties must stipulate specific working hours.

According to the law it is not permissible for employees to work for more than 5 consecutive hours without a period of rest that is not less than an hour in total,  provided that these periods are not included in the calculation of working hours.

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