The Singapore Employment Act provides comprehensive protection to all employees working in Singapore, regardless of their nationality or employment status.
Under the Employment Act (EA), employees are safeguarded if they are engaged in various types of employment arrangements, including full-time, part-time, temporary, or contractual work. It’s worth noting that part-time workers, defined as those working less than 35 hours per week, are also covered by the Employment (Part-Time Employees) Regulations.
Regardless of the mode of payment, whether it’s hourly, daily, monthly, or piece-rated, employees are still entitled to the protections provided by the Act.
However, there are certain exceptions to the coverage of the Employment Act. Seafarers, domestic workers, and employees working for statutory boards or civil servants are not covered by the Act’s provisions. Statutory boards refer to specific autonomous government agencies like the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) or the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).
For employees not covered by the Employment Act, their terms and conditions of employment will be governed by the specific employment contract they have with their employer.
It is crucial for both employers and employees to be aware of the provisions of the Employment Act and the specific terms outlined in their employment contracts to ensure a fair and compliant working relationship.