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Public Holiday on Polling Day - 1 September 2023

In accordance with Section 17 of the Presidential Elections Act, Polling Day which falls on Friday, 1 September 2023, will be a public holiday.

2 The Ministry of Manpower would like to inform employers that Polling Day should be treated in the same manner as any other public holiday. Employees covered by the Employment Act are entitled to paid public holidays. If an employee is required to work on a public holiday, the employee is entitled to an extra day’s salary for the day’s work, or should be given a day off. Employers also have the additional option of granting time-off-in-lieu, based on a mutually agreed number of hours, for working on a public holiday for the following group of employees:

  • Workmen earning more than $4,500 a month;
  • Non-workmen earning more than $2,600 a month; and
  • All Managers and Executives.

3 More information on public holiday provisions under the Employment Act can be found on the Ministry of Manpower’s website here.