The Saudi Ministry of Labor has fined 24 companies for violating a midday work ban set for workers during the summer, a ministry official told Arab News.
The companies subject to the fines were not named. Those previously subject to fines have typically included real-estate firms and contractors employing laborers and manual workers.
“In the past few weeks, the ministry has fined only 24 businesses out of a total of 74 which have undergone inspection,” Faisal al-Otaibi, general director of inspection at Saudi’s Ministry of Labor told Arab News.
The numbers show that the percentage of companies violating the labor law is much lower than those abiding by it, confirmed al-Otaibi.
The Ministry of Labor set sanctions and fines against individuals and companies who violate a ban on laborers working in the sun during the hottest hours of the day. By law, violators are fined a minimum of 3,000 riyals and a maximum of 10,000 riyals, as well as the potential temporary or permanent closure of the establishment, reported Okaz.
The work ban stretches from noon until three in the afternoon from the beginning of July until the end of August, reported the AME Info news website.
Workers in the oil and gas sector, as well as emergency maintenance workers are exempted from the ban. In those cases, precautionary measures must be taken to ensure workers’ protection against the heat, according to Okaz.