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How is Employment Law Applied in Singapore?

Am I Covered Under The Employment Act?
The Employment Act is put in place by the government to protect the interests of employees in Singapore, and to prevent the mistreatment of these employees by their employers. The Act is applicable to both local and foreign workers, on full or part-time employment contracts in Singapore.

Who can be considered an employer?
“Employer” means a person who, in the course of the person’s trade, business, profession or undertaking, employs any person to do any work under a contract of service.

Who is not covered under the Employment Act in Singapore?
  • Manager or executive with monthly basic salary of more than $4,500
    1. Individuals that can influence or make decisions on issues like recruitment, discipline, termination of employment, performance assessment and reward.
    2. Individuals that can dictate strategies or formulate policies of the enterprise.
    3. Individuals that can manage and run the business.
  • Seafarer
  • Domestic Worker
  • Statutory board employee or civil servant
Who is covered under the act?
  • Workman (doing manual labour) and earning a basic monthly salary of not more than $4,500
  • Employee, who is not a workman, and earning less than $2,500 a month
Under the Employment Act, an employee is not required to work more than 8 hours a day, 44 hours a week and overtime hours should not exceed 72 hours a month. Employees are also entitled to one rest day a week, and a break during work days of at least 45 minutes. Salaries should also be paid at least once a month, within 7 days after payday.

If your wages are above this cut-off, you will need the services of an employment lawyer to advise you on the steps to take when facing an employment dispute.

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