“No Show” Employees – What Singapore Companies Can Do When an Employee Fails to Turn Up for Work?
An employment contract is a signed agreement between a company and an employee hired for their role. But what happens when that employee fails to turn up for work? These “no show” employees are the ones who fail to turn up for work without informing anyone of their absence the way that is required to do. Once an employee has signed a contract with a Singapore company (or any company anywhere), they must be prepared to fulfil their legal and contractual responsibilities and obligations. If, in an unusual circumstance the employee can’t show up for work as promised, they must inform the company immediately.
Role of the Singapore Employment Act
Both the employer and the employee are free to negotiate the terms of employment they feel most comfortable with. All employment-related matters in Singapore are regulated under the Singapore Employment Act. This act provides a framework which covers basic terms and conditions required in an employment. It also covers the responsibilities and the rights of both employers and the employee to protect the interest of both parties. The act is overseen by the Singapore government, who aims to ensure that the regulations offer sufficient protections for all parties involved in the employment process by ensuring the act aligns with international legislation.
However, this agreement only comes into effect once the employer-employee relationship officially begins, which is on the very first day of work. If the employee does not turn up on the first day after signing the contract, then the Employment Act regulations do not apply yet. Which means that the company cannot claim any form of compensation outlined under the Employment Act which covers such circumstances. If the employer still wants to take action, they may consider filing a civil claim.
For more information regarding employment-related matters in Singapore, visit MOM’s website for more information.