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Amendments to the Employment Act

From 1 April 2016, all employers are required to make and keep employee records, give written records of key employment terms (KETs) and give itemised pay slips to employees covered by the Employment Act. Breaches of these requirements will be treated in accordance with a new framework of the Employment Act.

The amendments of the Employment Act enable employees to better understand how their salary is calculated and their employment terms and benefits. This also helps employers prevent misunderstandings and minimise disputes at the workplace.

Employers can read more about the requirements for:

From 1 April 2016, MOM set up a framework to treat less severe breaches of the EA as civil contraventions which attract administrative penalties.

  1. Failure to make or keep complete and accurate employee records.
  2. Failure to give complete and accurate KETs in writing.
  3. Failure to give itemised pay slips on time.
  4. Provision of inaccurate information to the Commissioner for Labour or inspecting officers without the intent to defraud and mislead.

If you were issued with an administrative penalty for failing to provide proper documentation of basic employment terms and payment records to employees, you can apply for an internal reconsideration within 14 days from receiving the contravention notice.

To do so:

  1. Download and complete the Representation Form.
  2. Email the completed form to mom_lsd_adjudication@mom.gov.sg or post it to:

    Legal Services Division

    Adjudication Branch

    18 Havelock Road

    Level 4

    Singapore 059764

If you decide to withdraw your request before the outcome of the internal reconsideration, you must:

  1. Download and complete the Withdrawal Form.
  2. Email the completed form to mom_lsd_adjudication@mom.gov.sg or post it to:

    Legal Services Division

    Adjudication Branch

    18 Havelock Road

    Level 4

    Singapore 059764

How the changes came about

The changes highlighted here are the result of a review of the Employment Act. Feedback was obtained through several platforms, including public consultations conducted in July to October 2013. Proposals were evaluated by employers, unions and the Government.

Assistance package

Employers can tap on the assistance package for the following:

  • Blank pay slips and KETs that can be filled in by hand.
  • Software for generating itemised pay slips.
  • One-to-one assistance for SMEs.
  • Funding.

More information

For more information on Employment Act changes, you can refer to:

Last Updated: 5 April 2017