Employers’ responsibility to ensure work hours not over 44 hours a week

The Labour Department refers to the letter ‘Ensure private sector adheres to labour laws’ by SS published in the Opinion page of the Weekend Bulletin on February 1.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the writer for highlighting his/her concerns to the attention of the authorities.

The Labour Enforcement Division, Labour Department continues to prioritise the welfare of local and foreign workers alike through regular (workplace) inspections, operations and monitoring to ensure compliance to legislation under the jurisdiction of Labour Department, Ministry of Home Affairs.

Based on the Labour Enforcement Division statistical data, a total of 4,598 inspection and operation initiatives were conducted in 2019.

The Labour Department would like to highlight that it is the responsibility of employers to ensure that the number of hours of work shall not be more than eight hours a day or more than 44 hours a week.

For shift workers, the hours of work shall not be more than an average of 44 hours a week over any continuous period of three weeks subject to a maximum of 12 hours a day.

All work in excess of the above hours shall be considered as overtime work.

The department invites the public to contact the Labour Department directly for any information pertaining to this issue or any labour related matters through our call-in hotline 2381848 (during working hours) or via WhatsApp 7298989 (after working hours).

Labour Department

Ministry of Home Affairs