MOM Seeks Public’s Feedback in Reviewing Areas of Employment Act
Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is looking at revising the Employment Act, and it is seeking the public’s opinion on the matter for the areas it is reviewing. Singapore’s Employment Act as was last reviewed in 2012, and the amendments to the act took effect in 2015.
MOM is currently reviewing the Employment Act to ensure that it is still relevant to today’s demands and as an attempt to enhance the act’s coverage.
The public is being encouraged by MOM to share their thoughts and opinions on the core provisions stipulated under the Act which are undergoing review. The areas for review include sick leave entitlements, public holidays, salaries, deductions and redress for wrongful dismissal of an employee, and MOM would like to know if the public thinks these provisions should be extended to all employees. Currently, these provisions do not cover managers and executives which earn more than S$4,500 as a monthly salary, domestic workers, seafarers and public servants.
Streamline the Dispute Resolution Process for Employers and Employees
MOM would also like to know the public’s view on revising the salary threshold of non-workmen (employees engaged in white collar occupations) who earn a monthly salary of up to S$2,500, and workmen (employees engaged in manual labor) who earn up to S$4,500. These groups of workers are currently more vulnerable and do not receive the additional protection they need, other than the core provisions.
MOM is also seeking to streamline the dispute resolution process for employers and employees alike, and they want to hear what the public has to say in regards to this matter too.
MOM oversees wrongful dismissal claims, while statutory or contractual salary-related disputes are assessed by the Employment Claims Tribunal. In the event dismissal-related claims are linked to salary disputes, both parties are required to be involved in resolving the issue.
If you would like to leave your views and feedback regarding MOM’s proposed areas of review, head on over to the REACH website from the 18th of January to the 15th of February.