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Who does the Employment Act Singapore 
covers? 
 The Employment Act (EA), enacted in 1968, is 
Singapore's main labour la...
Who does the Employment Act covers? 
 Any person employed in a managerial or executive 
position who earns a basic monthl...
Who does the Employment Act covers? 
 Part IV of the Act, which provides for rest days, hours of work 
and other conditio...
How do we define Managers and Executives? 
 Managers and executives are employees with 
executive or supervisory function...
How do we define Managers and Executives? 
 They also include professionals with tertiary 
education and specialised know...
How do we define Workmen? 
 A workman is an employee whose work involves 
manual labour. This includes a worker who falls...
How do we define Workmen? Cont’d 
 Any person employed to supervise any workman and perform 
manual work. However, this i...
How do we define Workmen? Cont’d 
 Any person specified in the First Schedule of 
the Employment Act, namely: 
 Cleaners...
How do we define Workmen? (cont’d) 
 It covers both local and foreign employees. It does not 
make any distinction betwee...
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Who does the employment act singapore covers

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Who does the Employment Act Singapore cover?
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Who does the employment act singapore covers

  1. 1. Who does the Employment Act Singapore covers?  The Employment Act (EA), enacted in 1968, is Singapore's main labour law that seeks to ensure reasonable employment standards while balancing businesses' need to stay competitive.  The Employment Act covers every employee (regardless of nationality) who is under a contract of service with an employer, except:
  2. 2. Who does the Employment Act covers?  Any person employed in a managerial or executive position who earns a basic monthly salary of more than $4,500;  Any seafarer;  Any domestic worker; and  Any person employed by a Statutory Board or the Government.
  3. 3. Who does the Employment Act covers?  Part IV of the Act, which provides for rest days, hours of work and other conditions of service, applies only to:  Workmen earning not more than $4,500 basic monthly salaries; and  Other employees (other than workmen) covered under Employment Act earning not more than $2,500 basic monthly salaries (Note: basic salary excludes overtime, bonus, Annual Wage Supplement, productivity incentive payment, reimbursement for special expenses and any allowances).  Note: Part IV of the Employment Act does not cover managers or executives.
  4. 4. How do we define Managers and Executives?  Managers and executives are employees with executive or supervisory functions. These functions include the authority to influence or make decision on issues such as recruitment, discipline, termination of employment, assessment of performance and reward, or involvement in the formulation of strategies and policies of the enterprise, or the management and running of the business.
  5. 5. How do we define Managers and Executives?  They also include professionals with tertiary education and specialised knowledge/skills and whose employment terms are comparable to those of managers and executives. Professionals such as lawyers, accountants, dentists and doctors whose nature and terms of employment are comparable to executives would generally be deemed as such, and hence they would not be covered under the Act.
  6. 6. How do we define Workmen?  A workman is an employee whose work involves manual labour. This includes a worker who falls under any of the following categories:  Any person, skilled or unskilled, doing manual work, including any artisan or apprentice but excluding any seaman or domestic servant;  Any person, other than clerical staff, employed in the operation or maintenance of mechanically propelled vehicles that transport passengers, for hire or commercial purposes;
  7. 7. How do we define Workmen? Cont’d  Any person employed to supervise any workman and perform manual work. However, this is subject to the requirement that the time spent on manual work must be more than half of the total working time in a salary period; or
  8. 8. How do we define Workmen? Cont’d  Any person specified in the First Schedule of the Employment Act, namely:  Cleaners;  Construction workers;  Labourers;  Machine operators and assemblers;  Metal and machinery workers;  Train,bus, lorry and van drivers;  Train and bus inspectors;and  All workmen employed on piece rates at the employer's premises.
  9. 9. How do we define Workmen? (cont’d)  It covers both local and foreign employees. It does not make any distinction between a temporary employee, contract employee, daily-rated employee or employee on tenured employment.  For employees working less than 35 hours a week, they are covered by the Employment of Part-Time Employees Regulations, which provide certain flexibility for both the employers and employees, including the pro-rating of employment benefits, encashment of annual leave and provision of rest day.

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