Employment Act Assistance Package for Employers
Key changes to the Employment Act (EA) take effect on 1 April 2014. These changes better protect our workers and raise employment standards, while providing employers with the flexibility to manage these changes. MOM and the tripartite partners have undertaken joint initiatives to raise public awareness of the EA. We have also put together resources to help employers implement the changes and comply with the EA.
Guidance for compliance with EA changes:
On 13 January 2014, MOM and the tripartite partners also issued a set of Tripartite Guidelines on Issuance of Itemised Payslips. The Guidelines is the first step to supporting this progressive workplace practice, which MOM intends to mandate within the next two years.
Tools to help companies administer and issue itemised payslips:
Guidance for compliance with EA changes
Guidebook on "Changes to the Employment Act 2014"
From the Guidebook, employers will get more information about the amendments to the Employment Act which came into effect on 1 April 2014. The Guidebook is available at MOM Services Centre, National Trades Union Congress, Singapore National Employers Federation, Singapore Business Federation, Association of Small and Medium Enterprises, Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices and the SME Centres.
The guidebook is also available in Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.
Seminars and Workshops
|Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF)
||SNEF website: www.snef.org.sg
You can sign up for SNEF's 2-day workshop on the Employment Act.
|Singapore Business Federation (SBF)
||SBF website: www.sbf.org.sg
SBF regularly conducts half-day programme on the Employment Act. You can register for these events.
|Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP)
||TAFEP website: www.tafep.sg
TAFEP conducts quarterly seminars on "Fair and Responsible Employment Practices", which covers the Employment Act. You can register for the seminar via the "Events" tab on TAFEP's website.
|Ong Teng Cheong Labour Leadership Institute (OTCi)
||OTCi website: www.otcinstitute.org.sg
||You may wish to view the available courses and workshops on the EA conducted by other organisations at www.wda.gov.sg.
Advisory Services for SMEs
SMEs that need hands-on guidance or have specific questions on the EA can approach the business advisors at any of the SME Centres below for one-to-one assistance.
Satellite SME Centres
|Satellite SME Centres
||North East Community Development Council
300 Tampines Ave 5
NTUC Income Tampines Junction
|(65) 6424 4000
||North West Community Development Council
Woodlands Civic Centre
900 South Woodlands Drive
|(65) 6839 4963
||Central Singapore Community Development Council
HDB Hub Bizthree
490 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh
|(65) 6397 7420
||South East Community Development Council
10 Eunos Road 8
Singapore Post Centre
|(65) 6243 8753
||South West Community Development Council
The JTC Summit
8 Jurong Town Hall Road #03-11
|(65) 6316 1616
|SME Centre@Ang Mo Kio
||Ang Mo Kio Community Centre
#03-03, 795 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569976,
|(65) 6337 8381
||Changi Simei Community Club
10 Simei Street 2, Singapore 529915
|(65) 6513 0388
Tools to help companies administer and issue itemised payslips
MOM intends to make the issuance of payslips mandatory by 2016. In the interim period, to encourage and guide employers to issue itemised payslips for all employees, the tripartite partners released a set of Tripartite Guidelines in January 2014. Employers who need assistance administering and issuing itemised payslips may use these tools, which have been prepared with SMEs' needs in mind:
|For micro companies with very few employees and wish to issue hardcopy payslips
Payslip template booklets
You may wish to refer to the payslip template booklet. Each booklet consists of the Tripartite Guidelines, a sample payslip to help employers better understand how to fill in the payslips, as well as tearable blank payslips that they can conveniently fill up and issue to their employees.
You can collect the free payslip template booklets at any of the SME Centres listed above, or at SNEF, TAFEP or MOM Services Centre. You can also download and print the booklets, available in four languages, through the links below:
Full payslip booklet:
Single blank payslip:
|For SMEs that wish to start using IT solutions with basic needs (e.g. 20 or fewer employees)
Payslip Software – "SP-Pay"
You may wish to try out a simple and free payslip software, SP-Pay, developed by students from Singapore Polytechnic's (SP) Diploma in Business Information Technology.
You can download the free payslip software at their website.
Please contact SP's helpdesk at firstname.lastname@example.org for any queries with regards to the software.
|For companies that have more complex needs
You can consider commercially available solutions.
If required, companies may seek funding support through existing schemes for the adoption of such solutions:
iSPRINT - SMEs who currently handle payroll manually and wish to purchase a HR or payroll system to comply with the EA guidelines on payslips and employment records can potentially tap on iSPRINT, which funds a pre-qualified list of infocomm packages to help SMEs deploy IT into their operations easily. The details about the funding can be found at the iSPRINT webpage.
Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) - Businesses that send their HR officers for EA-related training or acquire/upgrade their IT systems to facilitate the issuance of itemised payslips can tap on the PIC scheme. The details about PIC can be found at: the PIC webpage.