Advisory to employers with foreign workers living in dormitories
- Foreign workers have been restricted from moving in and out of dormitories since 21 April 2020, in order to help contain the spread of COVID-19. Medical support has also been put in place at all dormitories to ensure residents receive the medical treatment they need. MOM has received feedback on queries from employers and dormitory operators concerning various aspects of the ongoing management of the dormitories.
- This advisory provides guidance to both employers and dormitory operators. The goal is to ensure that residents, dormitory operators, and employers cooperate to fight COVID-19 together.
- During this period, some foreign workers continue to live in the dormitories, while others may have been temporarily rehoused by the Government at other housing facilities, moved to isolation facilities, or to other medical facilities. At the same time, dormitory operators have also continued to manage the dormitories, and due to the residents residing for the whole day at the dormitories, stepped up maintenance and other services.
- Employers are advised to continue to pay rent promptly to the dormitory operators according to your rental contracts for workers housed at dormitories. This is and continues to be your obligation under the work pass conditions. You should do so even if your workers have been temporarily rehoused by the Government, or moved to isolation or medical facilities, as you are not incurring the cost of accommodating them at those facilities.
- Employers who had voluntarily made their own housing arrangements for their workers before movement at the dormitories was controlled, and are paying for the new accommodation, should make reference to their contracts with the dormitory operators on matters relating to termination or suspension. More details can be found in the press release on dormitory operators and employers to work out contractual arrangements on dormitory rentals fairly and reasonably.