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Timing is everything
...especially when it comes to working hours. Kipp wants to know what your working hours are for Ramadan?
July 28, 2011 2:51 by Eva Fernandes
Kipp has a friend who enjoys making the most of things. So when shops are on sale, you can bet your life she will be the first one in line. When daily deals website became all the rage in Dubai, her Facebook page was up to date with the latest and greatest deal. And so, in keeping with her ‘making the most’ ethos, said friend was looking forward to shorter working hours during Ramadan…only to find out that her company had selective Ramadan timings: only those staff fasting would be entitled to shorter working hours.
Now when our friend complained about this to us, we really weren’t too much of a comfort. It is hardly breaking news that private sector companies, especially those in freezones aren’t as generous as their counterparts in the public sector really are. But then again, we weren’t sure if companies were legally bound to offer special timings. In an attempt to appease our friend we did a quick search online and here is what WAM has to say on the subject:
“The Minister of Labour, Saqr Ghobash, has issued a circular on the reduction of working hours in Ramadan in implementation of Article 65 of Federal Law Number 8 of year 1980, on regulation of work relations and its amendments.
In accordance with the resolution, the working hours of private sector companies and establishments will be reduced from 8 hours to 6 hours, without affecting the salaries of employees.”
When we handed our friend this information, she was quick to bring it to the attention of her HR manager-to no avail. Which got Kipp curious about the working hours of our readers during Ramadan? Does your company have special timings? And if so, is there bias towards who can avail of them?