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ABOUT THE LAW

In January last year, the Government made weekly rest days for foreign domestic workers mandatory under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act.

This move follows the Manpower Ministry's year-long review of the foreign domestic worker management framework. It found that Singapore was one of the few countries worldwide without provisions for weekly rest days.

This law applies to foreign domestic workers whose work permits were renewed after Jan 1, 2013, or maids who were hired after this date.

The specific rest day can be mutually decided on. The worker can decide to forgo her rest day, but will get paid in return for it.