Employment Disputes
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2. My boss ordered me to work this Sunday (which is my usual rest day). Can I reject his order?

You may reject such an order because an employer must not compel an employee to work on a rest day except in the event of a breakdown of machinery or plant or in any other unforeseen emergency. However, employees (except young persons under the age of 18 who are employed in the industrial field) may work voluntarily on a rest day.

For any rest day on which the employee is required to work, the employer should substitute another rest day within 30 days after the original rest day. The employer should notify the employee of the arrangement within 48 hours after the employee is required to work.

Offences and Penalties

Employers who fail to grant rest days to employees or compel employees to work on their rest days are liable to prosecution and, upon conviction, to a fine of $50,000.