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Appeal against unfair dismissal

If you feel you have been unfairly dismissed by your employer, you may appeal to the Minister for Manpower to be reinstated to your former job.

What is a dismissal

Dismissal means that your employer has terminated your contract of service. It may be with or without notice and on grounds of misconduct or not.

When to appeal

If you feel that your dismissal is unfair, you may submit a written appeal to be reinstated to the Minister for Manpower. The appeal must be received by MOM within one month from the date of dismissal.

If the Minister is satisfied that you were unfairly dismissed, he may do one of the following:

  • Order reinstatement to your former job.
  • Order a sum of money as compensation.

Note:

  • For managers and executives earning not more than $4,500 a month: if you are dismissed with the necessary notice or salary-in-lieu, you must have served your employer for at least 12 months before you can appeal.
  • If your employer has given notice and terminates you according to your contract, it is up to you to show proof that the dismissal is unfair.

Submitting an appeal

You can either:

  • Submit your appeal addressed to the Minister for Manpower via email at mom_lrwd@mom.gov.sg
  • Mail your appeal letter to:

    Minister for Manpower
    Ministry of Manpower
    18 Havelock Road
    Singapore 059764

What to include

In the appeal, include the following personal and employment details:

  • Subject title
  • Name
  • NRIC
  • Contact or mobile number
  • Personal email
  • Job position
  • Service period (start date to last day of service)
  • Last drawn salary

Also include information about your case:

  • The reasons your employer gave for the dismissal or termination.
  • Why you think you have been unfairly dismissed or terminated (you can cite specific incidents to support your appeal).
  • Whether your employer has given you notice of dismissal or termination.
  • Relevant documents related to your appeal, such as employment contract, letter of termination or warning letters.
Last Updated: 21 February 2017