MOM invites feedback to review Employment Act
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is looking to revise the Employment Act which was last reviewed in 2012. To do this, the MOM is seeking public feedback on various areas to ensure the act’s relevance and to enhance it’s coverage. The Act was last amended in 2015.
Among the areas the ministry expects feedback relates to entitlements for public holidays and sick leave, salary payment, allowable deductions and redress for wrongful dismissal. The MOM is looking into the possibility of extending these privileges to all employees. These provisions cover all employees except managers and executives earning more than S$4,500 monthly and domestic workers, public servants and seafarers.
Apart from that, views are also welcome with regards to possible revisions to the salary thresholds related to non-workmen earning monthly salaries of up to S$2,500, and workmen earning up to S$4,500. Such worker classes are considered more vulnerable. Aside from the core provisions, they also receive additional protection related to time-based provisions such as annual leave, hours of work, overtime pay and rest days.
Under the Employment Act, “non-workmen” are defined as employees engaged in white collar occupations, such as clerks and retail assistants. Employees engaged in manual labour, such as labourers and machine operators are referred to as “workmen”.
Streamlining the Dispute Resolution Process
The MOM is also inviting views from the public on streamlining the dispute resolution process for both employers and employees.
The Employment Claims Tribunals hears all statutory and contractual salary-related disputes, while wrongful dismissal claims are heard by the MOM.
If the dismissal-related claim is linked to salary issues, both parties must be involved to resolve the issue, adding strain on the employee.
The public can view the areas of the proposed review on the REACH website, from Jan 18 to Feb 15, and provide feedback by emailing [email protected] with the subject heading “Consultation on EA review”.