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Payment for Work on Holiday in Overseas
Hi all HR practitioners,
Can company choose not to pay holiday pay as employee is already provided per diem while on overseas trip during Singapore public holiday?
REPLIES & COMMENTS
Firstly, it is good to check if employee is covered under Employment Act first. If he/she is covered, my advice as follow:
Per diem generally refers to allowances given to staff for expenses incurred during overseas business trip. Such could be for lodging and food.
Public Holiday pay is not an allowance; a payment given to staff who worked on a Public Holiday for Public Holiday is a paid non-working day. Unless the per diem payment given explicitly include the Public Holiday pay item (no less than 1 day basic), such should be separated from the per diem payment.
I believe per diem and holiday pay are 2 different issues. You still need to pay the employee 1 day’s pay or off-in-lieu for working during PH.