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Logistics firm first to be charged for false declaration on workplace discrimination

  1. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has charged Ti2 Logistics Pte Ltd in the State Courts today with one count under section 22(1)(d) Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (“EFMA”) for making a false declaration to the Controller of Work Passes in an Employment Pass (EP) application. This is the first case where an employer is prosecuted for falsely declaring that it had considered local candidates fairly, under the updated Fair Consideration Framework (FCF) to tackle workplace discrimination (See Annex).

    About the Case

  2. Investigations by the MOM revealed that the company had falsely declared in an EP application that it had interviewed two applicants who are Singapore citizens and considered local candidates fairly for the position of Business Development Manager that it was hiring. However, Ti2 Logistics had already pre-selected the EP applicant and had no intention to interview any local candidates.
  3. Since 2014, employers submitting EP applications need to first advertise on MyCareersFuture.sg (unless exempted), and fairly consider all candidates, under the FCF. This is to promote fair and transparent employment practices.

    False Declaration a Serious Offence

  4. All employers must make accurate, complete and truthful declarations to the Controller of Work Passes in their work pass applications. Making false declarations is a serious offence. Upon conviction, employers can be fined up to $20,000 or jailed for up to two years or to both for each charge under section 22(1)(d) EFMA.
  5. Members of the public who know of employers who have not fairly considered locals for job opportunities or have discriminatory hiring or workplace practices should report the matter to the Tripartite Alliance for Fair and Progressive Employment Practices (TAFEP) at www.tal.sg/tafep/contact-us. All information will be kept strictly confidential.