The Straits Times
Published on Nov 12, 2012

Firms that broke overtime laws fined: Tan Chuan-Jin


Some 260 firms broke laws on overtime work in the last three years.

Between 2008 and 2011, these firms made their workers work beyond the legal limits placed on overtime work, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said in Parliament on Monday.

The MOM fined 56 on-the-spot and 21 were charged in court. The rest - 183 employers - were found to have made "minor technical breaches" and let off with either warnings or "advisories".

Under the Employment Act, workers cannot work for more than 12 hours a day including overtime, or more than 72 hours of overtime in a month, unless their employers have special permission from the MOM to do so.