LEGISLATIVE HISTORY

EMPLOYMENT ACT
(CHAPTER 91)

This Legislative History is provided for informational purposes relating to the Singapore Employment Act. It is not part of the Act.

1. Act 17 of 1968—Employment Act 1968

Date of First Reading:
15 May 1968
(Bill No. 21/68 published on 18 May 1968)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
10 July 1968 to 12 July 1968, 15 July 1968 and 31 July 1968

Date of commencement:
15 August 1968

2. 1970 Revised Edition—Employment Act (Chapter 122)

Date of operation:
30 April 1971

3. Act 19 of 1971—Employment (Amendment) Act 1971

Date of First Reading:
19 October 1971
(Bill No. 11/71 published on 22 October 1971)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
2 December 1971

Date of commencement:
3 December 1971

4. Act 28 of 1972—Employment (Amendment) Act 1972

Date of First Reading:
17 October 1972
(Bill No. 28/72 published on 19 October 1972)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
3 November 1972

Date of commencement:
1 July 1972

5. Act 41 of 1973—Employment (Amendment) Act 1973

Date of First Reading:
11 July 1973
(Bill No. 20/73 published on 13 July 1973)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
25 July 1973

Date of commencement:
1 September 1973

6. Act 46 of 1975—Employment (Amendment) Act 1975

Date of First Reading:
19 August 1975
(Bill No. 43/75 published on 22 August 1975)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
20 November 1975

Date of commencement:
26 December 1975 (section 2)

7. Act 46 of 1975—Employment (Amendment) Act 1975

Date of First Reading:
19 August 1975
(Bill No. 43/75 published on 22 August 1975)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
20 November 1975

Date of commencement:
2 January 1976 (except section 2)

8. Act 33 of 1980—Employment (Amendment) Act 1980

Date of First Reading:
31 October 1980
(Bill No. 21/80 published on 7 November 1980)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
28 November 1980

Date of commencement:
1 July 1980

9. G. N. No. S 324/1980—Employment Act (Substitution of Second Schedule) Notification 1980

Date of commencement:
1 December 1980

10. 1981 Reprint Edition—Employment Act (Chapter 122)

Date of operation:
28 February 1981

11. Act 21 of 1984—Employment (Amendment) Act 1984

Date of First Reading:
29 June 1984
(Bill No. 22/84 published on 9 July 1984)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
26 July 1984

Date of commencement:
7 January 1985

12. 1985 Revised Edition—Employment Act (Chapter 91)

Date of operation:
30 March 1987

13. Act 21 of 1988—Employment (Amendment) Act 1988

Date of First Reading:
29 July 1988
(Bill No. 18/88 published on 1 August 1988)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
11 August 1988

Date of commencement:
26 August 1988

14. G. N. No. S 475/1990—Employment Act (Amendment of Second Schedule) Notification 1990

Date of commencement:
1 January 1991

15. Act 15 of 1995—Bankruptcy Act 1995

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
25 July 1994
(Bill No. 16/94 published on 29 July 1994)

Date of Second Reading:
25 August 1994

Date Committed to Select Committee:
Parl 1 of 1995 presented to Parliament on 7 March 1995

Date of Third Reading:
23 March 1995

Date of commencement:
15 July 1995

16. Act 36 of 1995—Employment (Amendment) Act 1995

Date of First Reading:
27 September 1995
(Bill No. 35/95 published on 28 September 1995)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
1 November 1995

Date of commencement:
1 March 1996

17. 1996 Revised Edition—Employment Act (Chapter 91)

Date of operation:
30 April 1996

18. Act 41 of 2004—Employment (Amendment) Act 2004

Date of First Reading:
1 September 2004
(Bill No. 40/2004 published on 2 September 2004)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
21 September 2004

Date of commencement:
1 October 2004

19. Act 30 of 2007—Employment of Foreign Workers (Amendment) Act 2007

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
9 April 2007
(Bill No. 17/2007 published on 10 April 2007)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
22 May 2007

Date of commencement:
1 July 2007

20. Act 22 of 2007—Dentists (Amendment) Act 2007

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
27 February 2007
(Bill No. 9/2007 published on 27 February 2007)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
12 April 2007

Date of commencement:
1 January 2008

21. Act 5 of 2008—Workmen’s Compensation (Amendment) Act 2007

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
12 November 2007
(Bill No. 50/2007 published on 13 November 2007)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
22 January 2008

Date of commencement:
1 April 2008

22. Act 28 of 2008—Children Development Co-Savings (Amendment) Act 2008

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
15 September 2008
(Bill No. 26/2008 published on 16 September 2008)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
21 October 2008

Date of commencement:
31 October 2008

23. Act 32 of 2008—Employment (Amendment) Act 2008

Date of First Reading:
20 October 2008
(Bill No. 34/2008 published on 20 October 2008)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
18 November 2008

Date of commencement:
1 January 2009

24. G. N. No. S 669/2008—Employment Act (Amendment of First Schedule) Notification 2008

Date of commencement:
1 January 2009

25. Act 7 of 2009—Civil Law (Amendment) Act 2009

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
17 November 2008
(Bill No. 38/2008 published on 18 November 2008)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
19 January 2009

Dates of commencement:
1 March 2009

26. 2009 Revised Edition—Employment Act

Date of operation:
31 July 2009

27. Act 4 of 2010—Statutes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2010

Date of First Reading:
23 November 2009
(Bill No. 26/2009 published on 24 November 2009)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
12 January 2012

Date of commencement:
5 February 2010

28. Act 36 of 2010—Industrial Relations (Amendment) Act 2010

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
18 October 2010
(Bill No. 31/2010 published on 19 October 2010)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
22 November 2010

Date of commencement:
1 February 2011

29. Act 2 of 2012—Statutes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2012

Date of First Reading:
21 November 2011
(Bill No. 22/2011 published on 22 November 2011)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
18 January 2012

Date of commencement:
1 March 2012

30. Act 12 of 2013—Child Development Co-Savings (Amendment) Act 2013

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
15 March 2013 (Bill No. 10/2013 published on 15 March 2013)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
8 April 2013

Date of commencement:
1 May 2013

31. Act 6 of 2014—Merchant Shipping (Maritime Labour Convention) Act 2014

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
11 November 2013 (Bill No. 27/2013 published on 11 November 2013)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
21 January 2014

Date of commencement:
1 April 2014

32. Act 26 of 2013—Employment, Parental Leave and Other Measures Act 2013

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
21 October 2013 (Bill No. 21/2013 published on 21 October 2013)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
12 November 2013

Date of commencement:
1 April 2014

33. Act 27 of 2014—Family Justice Act 2014

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
8 July 2014 (Bill No. 21/2014 published on 8 July 2014)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
4 August 2014

Date of commencement:
1 October 2014

34. Act 26 of 2013—Employment, Parental Leave and Other Measures Act 2013

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
21 October 2013 (Bill No. 21/2013 published on 21 October 2013)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
12 November 2013

Date of commencement:
1 April 2015

35. Act 5 of 2015—Liquor Control (Supply and Consumption) Act 2015

(Consequential amendments made to Act by)

Date of First Reading:
19 January 2015 (Bill No. 1/2015 published on 19 January 2015)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
30 January 2015

Date of commencement:
1 April 2015

36. Act 27 of 2015—Employment (Amendment) Act 2015

Date of First Reading:
13 July 2015 (Bill No. 23/2015 published on 13 July 2015)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
17 August 2015

Date of commencement:
22 August 2015

37. Act 27 of 2015—Employment (Amendment) Act 2015

Date of First Reading:
13 July 2015 (Bill No. 23/2015 published on 13 July 2015)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
17 August 2015

Date of commencement:
1 April 2016

38. Act 21 of 2016—Employment Claims Act 2016

Date of First Reading:
11 July 2016 (Bill No. 20/2016 published on 11 July 2016)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
16 August 2016

Date of commencement:
1 April 2017

39. Act 55 of 2018—Employment (Amendment) Act 2018

Date of First Reading:
2 October 2018 (Bill No. 47/2018 published on 2 October 2018)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
20 November 2018

Date of commencement:
1 April 2019

40. Act 30 of 2019—Children and Young Persons (Amendment) Act 2019

Date of First Reading:
5 August 2019 (Bill No. 22/2019 published on 5 August 2019)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
4 September 2019

Date of commencement:
1 July 2020

41. Act 40 of 2018—Insolvency, Restructuring and Dissolution Act 2018

Date of First Reading:
10 September 2018 (Bill No. 32/2018 published on 10 September 2018)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
1 October 2018

Date of commencement:
30 July 2020

42. Act 27 of 2019—Work Injury Compensation Act 2019

Date of First Reading:
5 August 2019 (Bill No. 21/2019 published on 5 August 2019)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
3 September 2019

Date of commencement:
1 September 2020


43. Act 40 of 2019—Supreme Court of Judicature (Amendment) Act 2019

Date of First Reading:
7 October 2019 (Bill No. 32/2019 published on 7 October 2019)

Date of Second and Third Readings:
5 November 2019

Date of commencement:
2 January 2021


44. Act 19 of 2021—Child Development Co-Savings (Amendment) Act 2021
(Amendments made by the above Act)

Date of First Reading:
5 July 2021 (Bill No. 15/2021 published on 5 July 2021)

Second and Third Readings:
2 August 2021

Date of Commencement:
1 November 2021

45. 2020 Revised Edition—Employment Act 1968

Operation:
31 December 2021

46. G.N. No. S 26/2022—Variable Capital Companies (Consequential Amendments to Other Acts) Order 2022

Commencement:
13 January 2022


The amended Singapore Employment Act as of February 2022 can be found here.