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Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday advised President Tony Tan to issue the writ of election – with nomination day to be held on September 1, and elections on September 11.

In accordance with Section 35 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, the polling day, will be a public holiday, as confirmed by the Ministry of Manpower.

As with other public holidays, the relevant provisions of the Employment Act will apply for employees covered by the Act.

Here’s what employers need to keep in mind with September 11th announced as the long-awaited election date in Singapore.

Employees required to work on a public holiday are entitled to an extra day’s salary for the day’s work, or be given another day off.

Employers have the additional option to grant managers or executives, who earn up to a basic monthly salary of $4,500, time-off-in-lieu for working on a public holiday.

The time off should consist of a mutually agreed number of hours.

Here’s the full text of the PM’s Facebook post:

PM Lee's facebook post on polling day


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