Pay according to rules on holidays

ABU DHABI - The Ministry of Labour (MoL) officials have warned companies in the capital against violating the labour law regarding payment of financial dues at the stipulated rate for working during the official holidays, said a ministry official.

By Ahmed Abdul Aziz (Our staff reporter)

Published: Tue 18 Mar 2008, 8:36 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 6:46 PM

Ahmed Al Besher, legal adviser at the ministry, told Khaleej Times that the ministry would send notices to the firms that did not abide by the law regarding payment of the workers’ dues for working on official holidays, like the holiday on the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) that falls on March 20.

He said notices would be sent to the companies which violated the law for the first time. If the violation was repeated for the second time, the MoL would take further action specified in the law.

Al Besher pointed out that the workers who were victims of such violations must come to the ministry’s disputes department in Mussafah Industrial Area and file a complaint.

Al Besher said the ministry had not compiled statistics regarding erring companies.

According to Article 140 of the law, the employers have to pay the worker 150 per cent of the day’s basic pay in addition to a day off later if the employee has worked on an official holiday. If the worker chooses not to take the compensatory off for the official holiday since the employer needs the employee at work, the company has to pay the worker 250 per cent of the day’s basic pay.

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