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Oral Answer by Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Minister of State for Manpower, to Parliamentary Question on itemised payslips

NOTICE PAPER NO. 1303 OF 2018 FOR THE SITTING ON OR AFTER 14 AUGUST 2018

QUESTION NO. 2171 FOR ORAL ANSWER

MP: Mr Zainal Sapari

To ask the Minister for Manpower (a) what is the number of workers who have lodged a complaint against their employers for failing to provide itemised payslips since the time such payslips were made mandatory on 1 April 2016; (b) how many companies have failed to issue itemised payslips to their workers; and (c) what measures are being taken to educate and help employers, especially those in small-to-medium enterprises, in complying with the legislation to issue itemised payslips to their employees.

Answer

  1. Over the past two years, MOM has received about 500 complaints against employers for not issuing itemised payslips. Through proactive inspections on employers, another 1,200 employers were formally notified to rectify their practices.
  2. Employers were given sufficient time to prepare with ample access to solutions and resources to comply. When the requirement was introduced, MOM worked with tripartite partners and industry associations such as the NTUC U Care Centre, U SME, Federation of Merchants’ Associations Singapore, and the Association of Small & Medium Enterprises to increase awareness and offer solutions. Guidebooks on complying with the requirements and templates for payslips have been distributed to about 180,000 employers so far. Small and Medium Enterprises can also tap on HR Shared Services providers, such as those appointed under Enterprise Singapore’s HR Shared Services scheme, to help them to be in full compliance with the law.
  3. MOM will continue to monitor the situation, and work with tripartite partners to raise awareness and strengthen enforcement as needed.