23 Oct '11, 10pm

Forced to work overtime? Know your rights

The Ministry of Manpower shares Madam Nur Hidayah Zulkifli's concerns raised in her letter "Prolonged work without rest should not be industry norm" (Oct 18) on the employment conditions at her brothers' workplaces. We have contacted Mdm Hidayah through Today, to understand her concerns and advise her on the avenues available should her brothers wish to lodge complaints about their employment-related concerns. They may email [email protected] or call the MOM hotline at 6438-5122. Both local and foreign workers here are protected from excessive working hours under the Employment Act (EA). They should not be contractually required to work more than eight hours a day or 44 hours a week. If they are required to work overtime, employees should be paid 1.5 times their hourly basic rate of pay. Even then, employees should not be required to work more than 12 hours a day or more...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC111024-0000107/Law-p...

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