The Ministry of Administrative Development, Labor and Social Affairs (MADLSA) has started implementing awareness campaigns in preparation for the initiation of the implementation of Cabinet Decision No. (16) of 2007 on setting working hours in exposed workplaces during the summer period. The Decision stipulates that working hours for work activities carried out under the sun or in exposed workplaces shall be specified during a period that is from 15 June until 31 August every year, provided that working hours during the morning shift doesn't exceed five hours. The Decision requires banning work after 11:30 AM during the morning, while work should begin from 3:00 PM during the evening.
The Decision obliges companies and establishments, which have workplaces under the sun directly, to set a schedule containing daily working hours in line with the provisions of this Decision, and to place this schedule in a visible site that makes it easy for laborers to view, and for work inspectors to notice during their inspections in the workplace.
MADLSA has called upon companies' owners not to violate the provisions of this Decision, and in case of any violation, a decision to suspend work in the project for a maximum of one month will be issued. Work inspectors will conduct field inspections to the workplaces of companies to ensure their compliance with the provisions of the Decision, and will take legal measures against any company obliging its laborers to work during the banning period. The Ministry has also called upon the stakeholders of companies and different sectors to take into consideration the living conditions and work circumstances of laborers to implement established controls.