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Q&A: My Company Has Reneged on Some Terms in My Employment Letter. What Should I Do?

Question: After having joined my new company for about two months, I have not been provided with certain stipulations in my contract – for instance, I have not been able to claim my leave entitlement and I am not being paid for overtime work. I am unsure about handling the situation – what should I do?

Answer: You might be so occupied working hard to impress your superior in your new job that you might overlook the fact that you are being taken advantage of – by not having the terms of your new employment contract properly honoured. (Read More Here!)

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Work Yourself to Death? No Thanks!

By: Gerald Goh

Having a good work-life balance is a perennial bugbear for many working Singaporeans, so much so that the prospect of having to work more than eight hours on any given workday is enough fuel to set off a firestorm of griping.

Eat your hearts out, Singaporeans. The UK’s Daily Mail recently reported that a 21-year-old intern reportedly worked himself to death. And to add insult to injury, the poor intern was only looked for after he missed roll call and was subsequently found dead in the shower by his flatmate. (Read More Here!)

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Little-Known Employee Entitlements

By: Png Han Yong

Unlike employee benefits, which vary from organisation to organisation, employee entitlements are a set of guaranteed rights under Singapore’s Labour Laws to ensure the welfare of employees in Singapore.

We recently sieved through the Ministry of Manpower’s website and picked out three interesting entitlements you might not have known about.

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Signs your job is taking over your life

By Debra Auerbach

Most workers have to clock in overtime at some point in their careers, and they do so for a variety of reasons. It could be because of a big project with a tight deadline, the desire to make time-and-a-half pay or the nature of the job. Others work long hours just because they are workaholics. Yet if you’re finding yourself working late into the evening most nights, you may be harming your health.

According to a British study — which looked at more than 2,000 middle-aged British workers for an average of nearly six years — employees who work at least 11 hours per day were up to 2.43 times more likely to experience depression compared with those who worked between seven and eight hours a day.

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