31 May '13, 2am

Letter from MOM: Interns are protected under Employment Act and must be paid for overtime

Director, Corporate Communications, Ministry of Manpower We refer to the letter by Mr Adrian Tan, “Govt should have measures to protect interns” (May 27), in which he stated inaccurately that interns are not covered under the Employment Act. The Employment Act covers every employee who is engaged under a contract of service, including interns. This means an employer is obliged to accord statutory benefits prescribed under the Act to an intern, as long as the intern performs work and has work arrangements similar to that of a regular employee in the organisation. For example, interns who enter into a contract of service should not be required to work for more than eight hours in one day or more than 44 hours in a week. However, he may be required to work overtime if he consents to do so, subject to the limit of 12 working hours per day. Total overtime hours should also not ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/voices/interns-are-protected-u...

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