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Can employers pass on the foreign worker levy costs to their foreign workers?

No. Under the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA), employers cannot recover the foreign worker levy or other employment-related costs from their workers.

MOM will continue to monitor and take action against employers who attempt to recover the levy from their foreign workers. Any employer who deducts the foreign worker levy from a foreign worker's salary may be penalised up to $20,000, per count. Errant employers will also be barred from hiring FWs.