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A security firm in Singapore admitted in court yesterday that it violated employment laws by getting four of its employees to work for more than 12 hours a day on several occasions last year, reports Today Online.  A representative of security staffing firm Peregrine Security pleaded guilty on the company’s behalf to four charges under the Employment Act, which mandates that shift workers should not work more than 12 hours with some exceptions. Three other similar charges will be taken into consideration for sentencing on 19 October. Peregrine Security had been charged along with another firm, Sovereign Security Services. The latter’s case is still pending. Justine Loh, senior prosecuting officer from the Ministry of Manpower, told the court that excessive work hours in Peregrine Security’s case “occurred almost on a day-to-day basis”. Loh added that there were occasions when the security officers worked for 20 hours per day for several days at a stretch. Their employer had asked them to work back-to-back shifts lasting 13 to 20 hours a day because of insufficient manpower. This meant that they were occasionally given four hours of rest in between the shifts.
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