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     FrontPage Edition: Fri 28 Apr 2006

Polling Day 6 May 2006 is a public holiday


Polling Day - 6 May 2006

In accordance with Section 35 of the Parliamentary Elections Act, Polling Day, Saturday 6 May 2006 is a public holiday.
MOM has received enquiries on how an employer should compensate employees who are required to work on that Saturday, and employees who are not required to do so. In this regard, the Ministry would like to inform companies that Polling Day, as a public holiday, should be treated in the same manner as any other public holidays.
All employees covered by the Employment Act are entitled to paid public holidays, including the public holiday on Polling Day.
If an employee is required to work on Polling Day, he is to be paid an extra day¨s pay for the day¨s work, or be given another day off.
If an employee is not required to work on that day, such as those who work a 5 day week from Mondays to Fridays, he is also entitled to one day off in lieu, or be given one day¨s pay, like any other public holiday falling on a Saturday.
For employees not covered by the Employment Act, their entitlement to paid public holidays will depend on the employment contract or the prevailing arrangement between the employer and his employees in respect of public holidays.
For more information on the Employment Act concerning public holidays, readers are encouraged to visit the home page of the Labour Relations Department of the Ministry at

Source: Press Release 27 Apr 2006

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