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05/08/2009 16:55:41
Re: new company policy/regulation (working hours)


I have a question about the normal working hours. I know this is a boring issue which has been discussed for many times. The department I work in used to work from mon-fri 0800am-1700pm and sat 8.00am-12pm (hours of working which has been signed and agreed in contract of service between employee and employer). But since Jan '09, we have to work from 0730am-1700pm, mon-sat. Minus the lunch break 1 1/2 hours, we work 8 hours per day and 48 hours per week in total. I know this is not wrong in labour law as the working hours does not exceed 48 hours per week. In this case, does the term and condition in contract of service considered broken? Is the contract of service still valid?

Your guide and advise is much appreciated.

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KL Siew
05/08/2009 17:39:15
The problem is the Employment Act only mentioned 'wages' as quoted below and is silent on other terms and conditions. Consult the Labour Office see if they take a look at it.

15. When contract is deemed to be broken by employer and employee.

(1) An employer shall be deemed to have broken his contract of service with the employee if he fails to pay wages in accordance with Part III,
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05/08/2009 23:43:49
Dear Mr. Siew,

Thank you very much for the reply.

I have this question in my head for the past few months. How can a company changing their regulation only to certain group of departments while the other departments still following the old regulation (working hours). We have been treated differently from the other departments even though we work for the same employer. I feel like we have been discriminated. Is there any labour law protecting employee from this kind of bully?
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KL Siew
06/08/2009 08:30:26
All of you should bring up the matter during departmental staff meeting.
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