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EA Alerts

Read the latest and past issues of EA Alerts for employment agencies.

EA Alerts 2020

Date Topic For Title
Sep Policy FDW-placing EAs

Enhancement to the FDW eService’s cancellation page

Attachments: Additional EALC for EAs during transition period of FDW

June Policy All EAs

Revisions to the Employment Agencies Licence Conditions (EALC)

Attachments: FAQs on the New Fair Recruitment Requirements

May Policy FDW-placing EAs

Facilitating the transfer of FDWs by EAs


Feb Policy All EAs SHN requirements for employers with new and/or returning work pass holders from mainland China
Feb Policy All EAs Requirements for employers with new and/or returning work pass holders from mainland China

EA Alerts 2019Show

Date Topic For Title
Dec Policy All EAs

Amendments to EALC from 11 December 2019

Attachment: FAQs for amendments to EALC

Dec Advisory FDW-placing EAs FDW age verification – Important steps to comply with
Dec eServices All EAs eServices maintenance from 2pm, 14 December 2019 to 2am, 16 December 2019
Nov Advisory FDW-placing EAs

New ATPs for FDW EOP from 1 January 2020

Related: EOP

Oct Policy FDW-placing EAs

New measures to help employers hire FDWs for a better match

Related: Press release

Sep Advisory FW-placing EAs

Extension of foreign worker SIP to marine shipyard, manufacturing and process sectors on 1 December 2019

Related: SIP for Work Permit holders

Sep eServices FDW-placing EAs

Use the FDW eService to ask for a handover period

Related eService: Work permit transactions for domestic helpers and confinement nannies

Sep Policy FDW-placing EAs

Extension of FDW levy concession from 1 September 2019

Related: Levy concession for FDW

Aug Advisory All EAs Things to note for work pass card registration at MOM Services Centre
Jul Advisory FDW-placing EAs

FDW insurance – things to take note

Related: Insurance requirements for FDWs

Jul Advisory All EAs

Educating Work Permit holders on money management and facilitating self-exclusion

Attachment: List of VWOs which work with work pass holders in debt

May Advisory All EAs

Notice to employment agencies to declare EAs’ affiliation by 1 July 2019

Attachment: FAQs on declaration of affiliation

Apr Advisory All EAs Responsibility of EAs in ensuring FWs and FDWs receive full set of IPA prior to departure from source country
Feb Advisory FDW-placing EAs

FDW to attend SIP with full set of IPA

Related: SIP for first-time FDWs

Jan Advisory All EAs

Register eligible foreign workers for foreign worker Settling-in Programme within 14 days of arrival


EA Alerts 2018Show

Date Topic For Title
Dec Advisory All EAs

Early registration of eligible foreign workers for the foreign worker Settling-in Programme – Reminder


Oct Advisory All EAs

Adopt the Tripartite Standard on Recruitment Practices and distinguish yourself as a fair employer



Oct Advisory All EAs

Insensitive advertisements

Sep Advisory FDW-placing EAs

Advisory to EAs on insensitive advertisements


Sep Advisory All EAs

Foreign worker Settling-in Programme to start on 1 October 2018

Related: SIP for Work Permit holders
Register online: MWC website

Sep Advisory All EAs

Amendments to EALC which take effect from 1 Sep 2018


Jul Advisory All EAs

Fake job postings (reminder)

Related: Fake job postings

Jun Advisory FDW-placing EAs

Inaccurate IPA information – MOM stepping up checks


Jun Advisory FDW-placing EAs Enhanced penalties for EAs found with underaged FDWs
May Advisory FDW-placing EAs

Two employment agencies charged for deploying underaged foreign domestic workers

Related: Press release

May Advisory FDW-placing EAs

MOM advisory to EAs on Indonesian embassy’s new performance bond requirement



Mar Advisory FDW-placing EAs New work pass cards for FDWs when you issue or renew their passes from 20 March 2018
Feb Advisory FDW-placing EAs

Changes to the FDW Levy Framework


Feb Advisory FDW-placing EAs

Adopt responsible practices towards your clients

Attachment: Guidelines for employment agencies placing FDWs

Jan Policy All EAs EAs to comply with In-Principle Approval (IPA) letter requirements
Jan Advisory All EAs Promoting mobile apps to foreign workers in Singapore – “PeopleGo” and “FWapp”

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EA Alerts 2016Show

Date Topic For Title
Dec Advisory FDW-placing EAs

Safety of FDWs

Related: Contracts and safety agreement for FDW

Dec Advisory FDW-placing EAs EAs’ role in promoting good employment relationships between FDWs and their employers
Nov Advisory FDW-placing EAs

Inappropriate advertisements on e-commerce websites

Related: Advisory to FDW-Placing EAs against insensitive advertising and inappropriate

Nov Advisory All EAs

EALC to take effect from 1 December 2016

Sep Advisory FDW-placing EAs

Cambodia as an approved FDW source with effect from 1 October 2016

Related: FDW eligibility

Sep Policy FDW-placing EAs EAs’ role in repatriating FDWs
Aug eServices All EAs Launch of the Employment Agency Customer Rating System
Jul Report All EAs EA Enforcement Report 2015
Jun Policy All EAs

Advance notice to EAs to keep records of referral and placement data for positions where the fixed monthly salary is at least $3,300, from 1 August 2016

Attachment: Letter of notice

Related: Submit quarterly referral and placement

Jun eService FDW-placing EAs

Implementation of EA customer ratings

Related: Customer ratings for FDW-placing EAs

Jun Others FDW-placing EAs YouTube video which showcased three FDWs’ positive experiences working with their Singaporean family
May Policy All EAs Proposed amendments to EALC to take effect from 1 June 2016
May Policy FDW-placing EAs

Enhanced version of IPA letter for FDWs


May Advisory All EAs Reminder to set up SingPass 2FA to perform sensitive government e-transaction
May Policy FDW-placing EAs Declaration of FDWs’ employers contact details in Work Permit applications
May Advisory All EAs Notice of expiry - Submission of renewal applications through OBLS / LicenceOne Portal (Beta)
Apr eServices All EAs

System migration notification – OBLS is moving to LicenceOne portal (beta)

Related: Perform EA licence transactions

Apr Advisory All EAs EA Seminar Info Kit 2016
Mar Advisory All EAs Consultations on Trustmark grading scheme for EAs
Mar Policy All EAs

Enhanced Licensing Framework for Employment Agencies

Attachment: Enhanced Licensing Framework

Related: Which employment agency licence to get

Feb eServices All EAs

Revamped Employment Agency Directory

Related: Employment agencies and personnel search

EA Alerts 2015Show

Date Topic For Title
Dec Advisory All EAs CEA Advisory to employment agencies
Nov Advisory All EAs Important EDM alert for employment agencies
Oct Report All EAs Orchard cluster audit operation results
Sep Advisory All EAs

Changes to Employment Act - To issue itemised pay slips and key employment terms (KETs) to employees


Aug Advisory Non-FDW placing EAs TAFEP’s EDM for non-FDW employment agencies
Aug Advisory FW-placing EAs

Ensuring acceptable accommodation for non-domestic foreign workers

Related: Housing requirements for foreign worker

Aug Advisory FW-placing EAs
Employment Agencies Licence Conditions
May Advisory FDW-placing EAs Four EAs found to have inappropriately displayed FDWs
May Advisory FDW-placing EAs

Minimum entry age requirement for FDWs

Related: Foreign domestic worker eligibility

Apr Advisory All EAs Tripartite guidelines on fair employment practices – update
Apr Advisory All EAs Orchard cluster audit operations: May 2015
Mar Advisory All EAs Include your employment agency’s information in written documents
Mar Advisory All EAs

Implementation of revised Security Bond and Banker’s Guarantee forms

Related: Forms for employment agencies

Feb Advisory FW-placing EAs

Do not keep passport or work pass of foreign worker

Related: Can an employer keep a worker’s passport?

Feb Advisory FDW-placing EAs Provide your FDWs with acceptable accommodation
Jan Advisory All EAs

New authorisation forms (with effect from 1 February 2015)

Related: Forms for employment agencies

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