30% UAE staff return to work Sunday; 50% in Dubai

By Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 28 May 2020: The Federal Authority For Government Human Resources (FAHR), has announced the return to work in all federal ministries, authorities and institutions as of Sunday 31st May 2020 and at a maximum 30 percent capacity of the total employees.

The percentage will increase gradually, based on updates on new developments.

The decision, which was circulated to all federal government entities, comes within the framework of enhancing continuity of government work, the gradual return of employees and provision of government services, in parallel with the implementation of remote work system for the excluded employees. The decision stresses that all preventive and precautionary measures to contain the spread of coronavirus, Covid-19, must be adhered to, said Wam.

Exemptions

According to the decision, certain groups of employees are exempted from return to work and will continue to work under the remote work system. They include

  • Pregnant women
  • People of determination
  • People with pre-existing chronic health issues
  • People who suffer from underlying respiratory diseases like asthma and diabetes, as well as
  • Older employees
  • Female employees who provide for their children in grade 9 and below until the end of current school year,
  • Female employees who are mothers to children in foster care or
  • Those who care for people who require permanent health care under emergency conditions

Also exempted are the employees who live with groups who are susceptible to health risks and their direct contacts, like elderly people or the people suffering from chronic diseases, weak immunity or people of determination.

The decision also stipulates conducting a weekly review of the attendance percentage maintained and precautionary measures taken. Detailed regulations on the arrangements for return to work will be issued later by FAHR and circulated to all federal entities.

50% of Dubai government staff to work from office starting Sunday

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, announced that 50 per cent of government employees will work from the office starting Sunday, 31st May, 2020.

According to a new decision, 100 per cent of government employees will start working from the office two weeks later, effective from 14th June, 2020. Precautionary measures will continue to be strictly enforced in government offices.

His Highness stressed that the decision is part of the Government of Dubai’s comprehensive plan to restore normalcy in the emirate while also ensuring all precautionary and preventive measures outlined by health authorities are stringently implemented. Various vital sectors exempted from the initial restrictions on movement are already following these measures. Other sectors that have resumed operations as part of the gradual reopening of economic activities are also strictly following preventive steps.

Precautionary measures will be stringently implemented

The Crown Prince affirmed that all precautionary measures will be stringently implemented and closely monitored to ensure compliance.

The Crown Prince stressed that all government entities in Dubai must be fully committed to enforcing precautionary measures to protect the wellbeing of employees and customers. The leadership places the highest priority on the health and safety of the community, His Highness said.

Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of the Dubai Government Human Resources Department, said the decision allows some employees to continue working remotely from home. These include the elderly, employees with underlying health and chronic conditions, people of determination, pregnant women and those with compromised immunity.

Al Falasi stressed on the importance of encouraging customers to use smart solutions to obtain government services, which help ensure both employees and customers are protected.

The Dubai Government Human Resources Department will issue a circular at a later date to all Dubai government entities outlining details of the measures related to resumption of full operations at the office.

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