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MOM Invites Public's Views for Second Phase of Employment Legislation Reviews

22 July 2013

  1. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is embarking on the second phase of reviews of the Employment Act (EA) and the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA).1
  2. The aim in this phase of reviews is to ensure that our labour legislation remain relevant, with a focus on further protecting the well-being of vulnerable workers, particularly those in non-traditional work arrangements. We also recognise the need to balance employers' business and operational needs. Thus, we will also look into providing employers some flexibility, where appropriate, in fulfilling their obligations. In essence, the reviews of the EA and EFMA cover:

    (i) Protection for workers under non-traditional work arrangements such as term contract workers, outsourced workers and freelancers, while maintaining business flexibilities.

    (ii) Additional protection for vulnerable low-wage workers. For instance, whether written employment terms and electronic payment of workers’ salaries should be made mandatory, so as to avoid disputes with employers about such terms and to ensure timely salary payments.

    (iii) Circumstances under which foreign workers could be allowed to change employers.
  3. We welcome the active participation of our key stakeholders and the general public in giving ideas and feedback on these proposed further changes to the EA and EFMA.
  4. For background and ease of reference, we have outlined the protection currently accorded to the relevant groups of workers in the Annexes.
  5. Please send your views to MOM through mail / email by 30 October 2013:

    Workplace Policy and Strategy Division
    18 Havelock Road #06-02
    Singapore 059764
    Fax: 65340559

1 MOM recently completed the first phase of reviews of the Employment Act (EA) and the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA).Details can be found here:
Employment Act;
Employment of Foreign Manpower Act

Non-Traditional Work Arrangements
Term Contract Workers
Outsourced Workers
Employment of Foreign Manpower Act