Singapore Fines Firms that Broke Overtime Rule

Singapore's Ministry of Manpower reveals that 260 employers have made their workers work beyond the legal limits placed on overtime work from 2008 to 2011.


According to Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin, 56 employers have been issued compositions fines by the Ministry while another 21 were prosecuted in court for more serious breaches. The rest were issued warnings or advisories.


"We are in the process of working with the unions and the employers on this… specifically with some industries which we do know there is a more slightly more chronic issue of overtime requirements such as the security industry. We will work with the different partners to see how we can adjust this from a structural perspective," Tan said in parliament.


Under the Employment Act, workers are not allowed to work for more than 12 hours a day, including overtime, with a limit of 72 hours of overtime in a month.


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