Expect a flurry of activity in the Manpower Ministry before changes to Singapore’s main labour law kick in on April 1.
The Manpower Ministry (MOM) will be holding talks and workshops to get firms and workers ready for changes to the Employment Act enhancing the minimum employment standards that firms must stick to.
“We will reach out to employers, employees, human resource practitioners and the general public through seminars and workshops, collateral and mainstream media advertorials,” said an MOM spokesman.
The changes to the Employment Act were passed in Parliament in November. Among them is an increase in the monthly salary ceiling from $2,000 to $2,500, which puts 150,000 more rank-and-file workers under the protection of the labour law.
Employment Act changes from April 1
The PMEs can also turn to the Labour Court for help if their believe they had been sacked unfairly. Now they have to hire their own lawyers and take their employers to civil courts, a process which costs them money and takes a longer time to resolve.