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25/07/2009 14:03:11
Re: Split Shift

We are starting a restaurant soon. We plan to have split shifts for the staff schedule. Before we can proceed further with the offer of employment, can you enlighten me on payments for the hours that the restaurant is closed i.e. from 3pm to 6pm? The operation hours is from 11 am to 11 pm daily with a rest day at the end of 6 days work.
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KL Siew
25/07/2009 15:44:50
You will have to be aware of the following Section of the Employment Act especially (c)

60A. Hours of work.

(1) Except as hereinafter provided, an employee shall not be required under his contract of service to work:

(a) more than five consecutive hours without a period of leisure of not less than thirty minutes duration;

(b) more than eight hours in one day;

(c ) in excess of a spread over period of ten hours in one day;

(d) more than forty-eight hours in one week:

Under (c), it simply means and period of work after 10 hours will be considered as overtime irrespective of how many hours rest hours. In your case there will be 2 hours overtime although the actual hours they work are only 8.

You better clarify this point with the Labour Department before you implement it.
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27/07/2009 18:16:38
Thank you KLSiew for your feedback. I am told by one of the staff that in addition to the overtime paid, there should also be a split allowance given. Is this allowance at the discretion of the management or compulsory in accordance to the Employment Act?
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KL Siew

27/07/2009 18:33:13
It is something for both of you to talk over.
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