Polling Day IS a Public Holiday.

POLLING Day on May 7 (Saturday) is a public holiday in accordance with Section 35 of the Parliamentary Elections Act.

The Ministry of Manpower would like to inform companies that Polling Day should be treated in the same manner as any other public holiday.

All employees covered by the Employment Act are entitled to paid public holidays, including Polling Day.

If an employee is required to work on Polling Day (May 7), he is entitled to an extra day’s salary for the day’s work, or be given another day off.

Employees not required to work on that day are also entitled to one day off-in-lieu, or be given one day’s pay, as per other public holidays falling on a Saturday.

(credit: http://www.straitstimes.com)

I have tried to talk to her regarding this Polling Day/Election Day is a public holiday. But, I was told by her that it’s impossible to have it as public holiday/ or treated just like any other public holiday. I was taken back by her replied that “If is a PH, you mean, shopping centre have to close just because it’s a PH?”

I have fully understand the ‘off-in-lieu’ in the event that PH fall on a Saturday. I think is important for us to read MOM site to understand the employments’ right. If you don’t know, maybe you should read MOM site and get a little knowledge on this ;)

The problem is, most of my colleagues do not know that is such ‘rules’. During my first year of ‘laboring’, it is just so happen that National Day fall on the Saturday. I told my colleagues that we will be given an ‘off-in-lieu’ (or depend on companies, some will be paid in cash), they did not know/believe there such thing. Alamak, it’s our entitlement, and this is something we should know. They have ‘suffered in silent’ for the past few years without knowing we are entitled to ‘off-in-lieu’. Aigoo~

READ: Employees not required to work on that day are also entitled to one day off-in-lieu, or be given one day’s pay, as per other public holidays falling on a Saturday.

So, my lovely colleagues whom i tagged in FB, please help to inform her regarding this…. I have tried and failed. For all our well-deserved entitlement, please please help to let her know. Thank you.

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