The Ministry of Manpower, Singapore recently amended certain provisions of the city-state’s Employment Act (EA). Enacted in 1968, EA is the country’s main labour law seeking to ensure reasonable employment standards while balancing businesses’ need to stay competitive. The changes extend Part IV protection of EA to more non-workmen, general provisions of the EA to more PMEs, as well as enhance enforcement and compliance with employment standards. Also, recognising the practical business concerns of employers, the amendments had put a limit to the overtime rate payable for non-workmen, and modified some provisions of the employees leave entitlement provisions.
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