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24 Saudi firms fined for midday work ban violation

The Saudi labour ministry has said 24 businesses, including contractors, have been fined for violating the kingdom's midday work ban during the summer season, Arab News has reported. "In the past few weeks, the ministry has fined only 24 businesses out of a total of 74 which have undergone inspection," said Faisal Al-Otaibi, general director of inspection at the ministry. Under the ministry's rules, no employee should be asked to work under the sun from 12 to 3 p.m. from July to August, to lower their exposure to extreme sunlight.