Although we have official working hours and schedules in the UAE, there are times when a certain degree of flexibility is necessary, especially when forces of nature are involved.
As the country is set to face a week of rain, including possible flash floods, authorities called on employers to consider flexible working hours and even late arrivals due to bad weather.
Employers Urged to Ensure Workers’ Safety Amid Bad Weather
Recently, the National Centre of Meteorology announced that rains would affect the whole country over the next five days. While showers would be confined to eastern and coastal areas, there could also be some flash flooding in the north and in the east, the centre warned.
For this reason, the Ministry of Human Resources (MOHRE) has called on employers to ensure the safety of their employees, The National reported on Sunday, October 15th.
“Ensuring the safety of your employees amid the unstable weather conditions and rain in the UAE, we call on all employers to check the ministerial circular no. 8 for 2018 on employees’ safety in variable climate circumstance,” MOHRE stated on Twitter.
In particular, the Ministry urged all employers to:
- Ensure flexible working hours;
- Take late arrival to work in consideration; and
- Raise employees’ awareness of road safety instructions.
Check out the official tweet by MOHRE below:
Ensuring the safety of your employees amid the unstable weather conditions and rain in the UAE, we call on all employers to check the ministerial circular no. 8 for 2018 on employees’ safety in variable climate circumstances. #UAE #MOHRE pic.twitter.com/7pvpod0ReT
— MOHRE_UAE وزارة الموارد البشرية والتوطين (@MOHRE_UAE) December 15, 2019
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Indeed, the safety of workers should be a major consideration during unstable weather, as there are times when they might arrive late for work. Speaking of which, here are some tips for driving during rainy conditions, so that you can arrive safe and sound to your destination.