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New Work Permit Condition to protect both Employers and Foreign Domestic Workers from Money-Related Disputes

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will introduce a new Work Permit condition to protect both employers and Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) from money-related disputes. Employers would no longer be allowed to safe-keep any money belonging to their FDWs, including paid salaries or any other money.
Date: 07 October 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Employer fined $34,000 for failing to ensure Safety of Two Foreign Domestic Workers

On 8 August 2018, a 46-year-old employer, Willow Phua Brest (“the accused”) was fined $34,000 for failing to provide a safe working environment for her two Foreign Domestic Workers (“FDWs”). In addition, she was fined $12,000 for illegally employing them as a scaffolder and a maintenance worker respectively without valid wor ...
Date: 08 August 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Actions against Companies in Enforcement Operation targeting Machinery Safety and Amputation Hazards

The Ministry of Manpower mounted a two-month enforcement operation in April and May 2018 targeting machinery safety to address hand and finger injuries at the workplace. 380 inspections were conducted at 350 companies in the manufacturing, construction and marine sectors.
Date: 21 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Manpower

ILO and Singapore moving forward to promote Decent Work in Southeast Asia

The International Labour Organization (ILO) and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower have renewed their Partnership Agreement to promote decent work in Southeast Asia.
Date: 07 June 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Government accepts National Wages Council Recommendations for 2018/2019

The Government supports the NWC’s focus to enhance productivity by transforming businesses and upgrading skills. The Government welcomes strong involvement from employers and unions in operationalising the 23 Industry Transformation Maps. This will help spur productivity and innovation, allow our businesses to tap on opportunities in the futu ...
Date: 31 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Construction Company fined over $352,000 for Housing Foreign Workers in Overcrowded Living Conditions

A construction company, Keong Hong Construction Pte. Ltd. (“Keong Hong”), was convicted and fined $352,500 in the State Courts on 24 May 2018, for housing its foreign workers in overcrowded living conditions at a Construction Temporary Quarters (“CTQ”) located at Sembawang Crescent. Keong Hong was also found guilty of abetti ...
Date: 29 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

MOM Advisory to employers of Indonesian Foreign Domestic Workers on Indonesian Embassy's new Performance Bond Requirement

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore has notified Employment Agencies (EAs) here that it would impose a new $6,000 Performance Bond requirement on employers who hire Indonesian Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs).
Date: 08 May 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Contractor's Fine increased on Appeal for failing to ensure Safe Installation of a Gate resulting in Fatal Accident

Sterling Engineering Pte Ltd (“the company”) ‘s fine was increased, on appeal to the High Court, to $330,000 under the Workplace Safety and Health Act (“WSHA”) for a fatal accident that occurred on 2 September 2014. The High Court, on 9 April 2018, increased the fine amount from $280,000 after hearing appeals from both ...
Date: 17 April 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Fast and Efficient Dispute Resolution for Employment Claims at the State Courts

The State Courts saw a total of 1,190 employment claims filed at the Employment Claims Tribunals (ECT) as at 31 March 2018 since it was launched on 1 April 2017.
Date: 24 April 2018; Type: Industry Updates; Source: State Courts

Director of a Shell Company jailed Seven Months for illegal Labour Importation

On 22 March 2018, 42-year-old Teo Hwee Lip (“Teo”), the Director of Triyon Corporation Pte Ltd, was sentenced in the State Courts to seven months’ imprisonment for fraudulently obtaining work passes for five foreign workers for a shell company. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has also permanently barred him from employing foreign w ...
Date: 22 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

National Wages Council 2018 / 2019 invites Views on Annual Guidelines

The National Wages Council (NWC), a tripartite body made up of employer, employee and government representatives, will convene in April and May 2018 to develop its annual guidelines on wage and employment-related issues.
Date: 21 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Singapore increases Penalties for Employers who abuse Maids

The Supreme Court of Singapore has increased the penalties for people convicted of abusing domestic helpers as part of the island-state’s efforts to stop violence against house maids, migrant activists say.
Date: 15 March 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Myanmar Times

Workplace Safety and Health Trainer sentenced to 10 Months' Jail under the WSH Act

Mr. Ramanathan Thamilselvan, a trainer with Work Safe Consultants Pte Ltd, was sentenced to 10 months’ jail for fraudulent offences under the Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA) on 18 January 2018 by the State Court.
Date: 24 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

MW Group fined $200,000 for Fatal Workplace Incident by Electrocution

MW Group Pte Ltd was fined $200,000 for a workplace incident at Pantech Business Hub, where a worker was fatally injured from electrocution. The company was convicted, after a five-day trial, for its workplace safety and health lapses. It had failed to conduct a specific Risk Assessment (RA) and establish safe work procedures (SWP) for the calibrat ...
Date: 19 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Public Consultation on Review of Employment Act

The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is inviting members of the public to give feedback on areas being considered in the review of the Employment Act (EA).
Date: 18 January 2018; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Wage Credit Scheme Payouts for 2018

Employers are reminded to make CPF contributions for employees by 15 Jan 2018 to receive Wage Credit Scheme payouts.
Date: 15 December 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore

New Settling-in Programme for Foreign Workers to start in Second Half 2018

The Minister for Manpower, Lim Swee Say, has announced plans to implement a mandatory Settling-in Programme (SIP) for new foreigners on a work permit. The programme, to be rolled out in phases, will start with all first-time non-Malaysian foreign workers in the construction sector, and is expected to be launched in the second half of 2018.
Date: 26 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Government accepts Recommendations to enhance Progressive Wage Model for Security Industry and Remove Overtime Exemption

The Government has considered and accepted the recommendations contained in the report of the Security Tripartite Cluster (STC) released today. The report recommended enhancements to the Progressive Wage Model (PWM) for the security industry, and the removal of Overtime Exemption (OTE) from 2021. The Government concurs with the STC’s views th ...
Date: 23 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Foreign Worker fined $30,000 for conducting Unlicensed Employment Agency Activities

On 21 November 2017, a 36-year-old Bangladeshi foreign worker Roy Tapon Kumar (“Roy”) was convicted and fined $30,000 in default six months’ imprisonment for conducting employment agency (“EA”) activities without a valid EA licence. He pleaded guilty to one charge under Section 6(2) of the Employment Agencies Act (EAA) ...
Date: 22 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

Financial Controller convicted for failing to pay more than $67,000 in Salaries

A 53-year-old Singaporean woman, Pang Sor Tin (“Pang”) (方素珍), was convicted in the State Courts on 14 November 2017 of three charges under the Employment Act.
Date: 14 November 2017; Type: Legal News; Source: Ministry of Manpower

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