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Mandatory Retrenchment Notifications

From 1 January 2017, employers must notify MOM of retrenchments within 5 working days after they notify the affected employees.

At a glance

Related guidelines Tripartite Guidelines on Mandatory Retrenchment Notifications
Related eService Notify for retrenchment exercise

Notifying MOM of retrenchment exercises will enable Workforce Singapore (WSG), the tripartite partners – the Ministry of Manpower, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers Federation (SNEF) – and other relevant agencies to help affected employees find alternative employment and/or identify relevant training to enhance employability.

How to notify

To submit a retrenchment notification to MOM:

  1. Download the retrenchment notification form.
  2. Complete the form with details of workers to be retrenched (e.g. residential status, job title, date of retrenchment).
  3. Submit notification to us online. You’ll need:
    • Company UEN
    • Name of company’s contact person
    • Number of local and foreign workers prior to retrenchment
    • Completed excel notification form as an attachment

Who should submit retrenchment notifications?Show

Who should submit retrenchment notifications?

Employers who employ at least 10 employees are required to notify MOM if 5 or more employees are retrenched within any 6 month period beginning 1 January 2017.

What constitutes a retrenchment?Show

What constitutes a retrenchment?

For the purpose of this advisory, retrenchments are defined as dismissal on the ground of redundancy or by reason of any reorganisation of the employer’s profession, business, trade or work. This applies to permanent employees, as well as contract workers with full contract terms of at least 6 months.

When should I submit the notification?Show

When should I submit the notification?

The notification must be submitted within 5 working days after the employee is notified of his or her retrenchment.

For the first four employees to be retrenched, the notification must be submitted within 5 working days after the 5th employee is notified. Thereafter, the notification must be submitted within 5 working days after each employee is notified.

What is the penalty for non-compliance?Show

What is the penalty for non-compliance?

Failure to notify within the required timeline is an offence and you may be liable on conviction to penalties, including a fine not exceeding $5,000.

Where to seek further assistance?Show

Where to seek further assistance?

For assistance on employment facilitation services, companies can contact the following:

Workforce Singapore (WSG)
Phone: 6883 5885

Employment and Employability Institute (e2i)
Phone: 6474 0606

For further clarification on the mandatory retrenchment notifications, companies may approach MOM.
Phone: 6438 5122