Sunday, June 28, 2009

Maximum working hours according to Singapore Labor Laws

This might interest the working professionals in Singapore…….

  • Maximum working hours as per Employment Act: 

    An employee is not allowed to work for more than 12 hours within a day except in the following circumstances:
    a)   Accident or threat of accident;
    b)   Work that is essential to:
           i.    the life of the community; .
           ii.   national defence; or
           iii.  security;
    c)   Urgent work to be done to machinery or plant; or
    d)   An interruption of work which was impossible to foresee.

  • Overtime

    All work in excess of the above hours of work is considered as overtime work, and the employee must be paid no less than 1.5 times his/her hourly basic rate of pay.

    Payment for overtime work must be made within 14 days after the last day of the salary period.

    The rate of payment is not less than one and a half times the employee's hourly basic rate of pay.

    source: Employment Act.

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