UAE private sector free to choose weekend days
(MENAFN) On Tuesday, Dec. 7 the Minister of Human Resources and Emiratisation stated that firms in the Emirates’ private industry do not have to modify their weekends to Saturday and Sunday.
Dr Abdulrahman Al Awar informed The National, the country’s employment regulations for the private industry are different, as its employees have the resiliency to pick what weekend days "help them to be more competitive and enhance their economic competitiveness and growth."
Mr Al Awar stressed that while the UAE’s government gives the private industry the freedom to work as it wishes, there remains a legal limit to the amount of hours that managers can order employees to work.
He mentioned, “The Labour Law discusses the maximum working hours per law, which are 48 hours a week, and they can choose to have shorter working hours if the companies wish, but they cannot exceed that.” He added, “that is to protect the work relationship, between the rights of employees and their rights of employers.”
Mr Al Awar continued to say, “The private sector is to decide to choose how many working hours and working days they wish and they will allow a day off at minimum as a weekend.”
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