NEW CHANGES IN SINGAPORE LABOUR LAWS

No country in world that provides such tremendous rights to employees other than Singapore which also one of the top 10 country for Expatriates workers. Singapore is currently signing the international level of trade agreement such as Trans-Pacific Partnership which is a free trade agreement between 12 countries which will attract business investment in Singapore. These changes in labour laws of 2016 and 2017 can give wider benefits to employees so that the competitive environment should remain between employers. The trade agreements double the business which attract more and more employer in Singapore.

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Labour law amendments are already started from last year 2016 and there many more change were coming in this year 2017. Well we see both of them which were already implemented and which will come in next few months of this year.

Singaporean Labour law changes already in force 2016

1. Giving Information to Employees:

From 1 April 2016 employer must give his employees information about following two things
i. Information related to wage and paid; during leave, daily wage, sick leave pay annual leave pay, minimum wage etc
ii. Statement of Key Employment Terms Written in Contract, probationary period terms etc

2. Record for Employees:

From 1 April 2016 employer must maintained the employment record of employees covered by Singapore employment act.
These records includes: 
Duration of Breaks
Working hours
Public  Holidays details
Leaves
These records must be maintained for two years,
Do you know the Annual and Sick Leaves in Singapore Labour Laws

Singaporean Labour law changes in 2017 coming Soon

Paternity Leaves:

From January 2017 the paternity leave for father is increased from 1 week to 2 weeks.  To become eligible for this leave employee must be married with mother of infant and the infant is mandatory to be SG citizen.
The paternity leave is paid leave in which SGD 25,000 will be given to employee. The pay during this leave is then given back by government to employer.

Increasing the salary requirement for getting E Pass:

From January 1st 2017 the minimum salary which employer must pay to employee in order to get E Pass is increased from SGD 3,300 to 3,600 Singaporean dollar
The government do this to make the balance between salaries of locals and expatriate workers.
Do You Know The Complete List of Professions that were eligible to get E-Pass

Maternity Leave:

There are two schemes applied to paternity and maternity leave that were Employment Act and the CDCA, these leaves is given to employees having  service of more than 3 months.
Under CDCA female employee getting paid leaves if her baby is a Singaporean citizen and she is at the time is married with baby father.

From early 2017 the requirement of parent to be married in order to get leave is removed

New Employment Claims Tribunal from April 2017

The new tribunal is sets up for employee having salary related claim of up to SGD 20,000. The tribunal is called Employment Claims Tribunal (ECT).
The ECT replaces the labour court for hearing of contract related salary claims
This tribunal  will have more and wider jurisdiction to hear the employee under employment Act, and also for professionals having salary more than 4500SGD.

Older workers can work until age 67 from July 2017

Employers won't be allowed to cut salary of staff who turn 60, when employee reached at the age of 62 (The minimum retirement age) or any other retirment age that is defined in contract. The employer must have to offer the older employer to renew contract up to the age of 65 only if:
  • the employee works or starts the work for 3 years before the age of 55
  • he/she is a citizen or PR of singapore
  • employee is medically fitness on satisfactory level
The another major change will come on July 2017 when employee can re-employee upto 67 year of age.

Leave for Female Employees who adopt the child

Under Child Development Co-Savings Act(CDCA) female worker if adopt the child under 12 month age than she is entitled for four weeks leaves but she is must be married, and anyone from father adopted child or she himself must be a citizen of singapore.
The employer must give him paid leave of SGD 10,000 during the four weeks. The pay during this leave is then given back by government to employer.

From July 2017  the time period for adoption leave is increased to 12 weeks and employer is not given with reimbursement of first 4 weeks.

LIST OF PROFESSIONS ELIGIBLE TO GET E-PASS

There are many professions related Managerial executes roles that were eligible to get Singapore Employment Pass(E-Pass) I am also mentioning that Singapore E- Pass is different from S-Pass which is eligible for technical workers also the eligibility to get E-Pass is minimum salary of 3,600 Singapore Dollar. In some cases if employer apply for S-Pass may got accepted for E-Pass due to higher salary.
Well Singapore Ministry of Manpower give the list of occupations and professions that were allowed to get E-Pass. Every employer must take consideration from this list before applying for employee pass this helps him to chose the possible pass for an employee.
SINGAPORE E PASS PROFESSIONS


The whole list is taken from Ministry of Manpower Website: These are few professions, the list contains almost thousands of professions. download full A-Z list and select the closest match for the candidate's occupation.




ABLE SEAMAN
ABRASIVE WHEEL MOULDER
ABRASIVE-COATED CLOTH AND PAPER MAKER
ABRASIVES MIXER
ACADEMIC ASSISTANT
ACADEMIC CONSULTANT
ACADEMIC COORDINATOR
ACADEMIC DIRECTOR
ACADEMIC INSTRUCTOR
ACADEMIC STAFF
ACCESS NETWORK MANAGER
ACCORDION MAKER
ACCORDION TUNER
ACCOUNT ASSISTANT
ACCOUNT CLERK
ACCOUNT DELIVERY MANAGER
ACCOUNT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
ACCOUNT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
ACCOUNT DIRECTOR
ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
BUILDING WRECKERABLE SEAMAN
BULLDOZER OPERATOR ABRASIVE WHEEL MOULDER
BUNKER MANAGERABRASIVE-COATED CLOTH AND PAPER MAKER
BUNKER TRADER ABRASIVES MIXER
BUREAU CHIEF ACADEMIC ASSISTANT
BURNISHER (CERAMICS DECORATING)ACADEMIC CONSULTANT
BURNISHER (METALWORKING)ACADEMIC COORDINATOR
BURNISHER (SHOE MAKING)ACADEMIC DIRECTOR
BUS CAPTAIN ACADEMIC INSTRUCTOR
BUS CONDUCTORACADEMIC STAFF
BUS DRIVERACCESS NETWORK MANAGER
BUS STATION MASTERACCORDION MAKER
BUS, MOTOR, MECHANICACCORDION TUNER
BUSINESS ACCOUNT MANAGERACCOUNT ASSISTANT
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR ACCOUNT CLERK
BUSINESS ADVISOR ACCOUNT DELIVERY MANAGER
BUSINESS ANALYST ACCOUNT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
BUSINESS APPLICATIONS MANAGER ACCOUNT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
BUSINESS CONSULTANT ACCOUNT DIRECTOR
BUSINESS CONTROL MANAGER ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE
CABIN ATTENDANT, SHIPABLE SEAMAN
CABIN CREW ABRASIVE WHEEL MOULDER
CABIN MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN ABRASIVE-COATED CLOTH AND PAPER MAKER
CABIN MECHANIC ABRASIVES MIXER
CABIN SPECIALIST ACADEMIC ASSISTANT
CABIN STEWARD, AIRCRAFT ACADEMIC CONSULTANT
CABIN STEWARD, SHIP ACADEMIC COORDINATOR
CABIN TECHNICIAN ACADEMIC DIRECTOR
CABINETMAKER (FURNITURE)ACADEMIC INSTRUCTOR
CABLE AND ROPE SPLICER (GENERAL)ACADEMIC STAFF
CABLE CAR OPERATOR ACCESS NETWORK MANAGER
CABLE DRILLER, (OIL AND GAS WELLS)ACCORDION MAKER
CABLE JOINTER (ELECTRIC CABLE)ACCORDION TUNER
CABLE JOINTER, TELEPHONE AND TELEGRAPH ACCOUNT ASSISTANT
CABLE LAYER, UNDERGROUND ACCOUNT CLERK
CABLE LAYING SPECIALIST ACCOUNT DELIVERY MANAGER
CABLE PULLER (CABLE LAYING)ACCOUNT DEVELOPMENT EXECUTIVE
CABLE RAILWAY RIGGER ACCOUNT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
CABLE-SHIP HAND ACCOUNT DIRECTOR
CABLEMAN, ELECTRIC POWER (OVERHEAD)ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE

The profession you applying not might have same name but find possible match from the list of professions.

METHODS FOR PAYING S PASS WORK PERMIT LEVY

Employer need to pay levy for their foreign workers permits to MOM Singapore every month. S Pass levies can also be paid by General Inter-bank recurring order GIRO but if you don't have GIRO account you can try some other methods to pay levies of S Pass work permits. If you don't know how must levy you have to pay Read the details about S Pass Quota and Levies.

Method 1: Using GIRO 

GIRO allows to pay levy without any hassle. After registereing GIRO account every month the levy of each worker is automatically deducted from your bank account to this you need to Fill the CPF Giro Application From and send in Mail to this address.

Tampines Central P.O. BOX 171 Singapore 915206
Download the GIRO Application

After registering you can check the status of Giro Application Online using your
CPF Account Number / NRIC Number or  CPF Submission Number

Check the Status of GIRO Application

Method 2: Singpost

To pay using Singpost you also need previous Bill to print the bill you need to register with MOM Services
After printing the bill pay the levy and any singpost branch.

Method 3:Cheque

Write a crossed cheque, made payable to “CPF Board”.
Write the CPF Submission Number, employer’s name and contact number on the back of the cheque.
Use the return envelope provided and post the cheque and payment slip in your latest bill.
Address Foreign Worker Levy
Robinson Road P.O. Box 2052
Singapore 904052

Method 4: AXS or SAM machine (for FDW employers only)

Pay to CPF Board by using NETS



S Pass Levy Rate and Quota

Any employer in Singapore if want to hire foreign workers than he must do it according to quota given to him as well as he must liable to pay monthly fee "levy" for each worker. Foreign worker levy allow Singapore government t regulate the number of workers in Singapore by using prizing and fee.

Every employer who hires worker from abroad on S Pass must liable to pay the fee from starting of worker job until the end of his service. From S Pass issued to S Pass expiry.

The payment of these levies can be paid from General Interbank Recurring Order(GIRO)

Quota for Employers: 

Any employer who didn't till apply for any foreign worker permit or s pass than he first need to declare his business activity in Singapore and than calculate the quota.
According to MOM the quota is
15% percent of company total workforce(SERVICES SECTOR)
20% percent for all other departments/sectors
Ministry of Manpower given Online Calculator to calculate how much workers you apply, levies etc
Those employer who want to hire more foreign worker must first have to increase the local workforce

Rate of Levy for Services Sector:

IF your service sector employees consists of 10% foreign workers than monthly levy fee is $330 and daily $10.85
If its exceeds 10% to 15% than monthly levy is 650$ and 21.37$ monthly.

Rate of Levy for other sectors excluding Services Sectors

IF any other sector employees consists of 10% foreign workers than monthly levy fee is $330 and daily $10.85
If its exceeds 10% to 20% than monthly levy is 650$ and 21.37$ monthly.

NOTE: The s pass quota is counted within equal to work permit quota for all sectors
Daily levy rate is applicable only to worker on daily basis
Th daily levy calculation ca be done by Monthly levy rate x 12) / 365 = rounding up to the nearest cent.

How to Top Up Singtel Prepaid Sim Card

Singtel one of the largest list companies on Singapore exchange brings you the exiting online top up with automated top up option. Self Service provided by singtel allows prepaid sim card users to do things yourself using your laptop, computer and Mobile phone. Don't need t visit any thing top up account at your own convenience. To use the top up service its require to make hi! Account. Singtel gives 500MB free Local data whenever Prepaid user top up his account minimum of 10SGD using hi! account.

Top up with Credit Card or eNets 

One of the thing in this service I like is logging in to account just require your Singtel Number.
First of all visit www.singtel.com/hi and just enter your number in "Quick Top Up" and click on Top up now.
Singtel bring you to an interface where Click on TOP UP NOW as shown above
Enter the number in which you want to top up the balance
There are several top up offers were given select preferred one and move forward for payment.
Select payment options: Credit Card or Enets Internet Banking.
Fill the detail related to Credit Card type, name on card, expiry date, and code on back of the card.
After giving credit card details and processing. A message will be shown ones the top up is successfully purchased. Enjoy your singtel connection, if you don't want to repeat the procedure again and again try Singtel Automated top up option.

Donation of Old Clothes, Toys and Other Stuff in Singapore

Want to donate you old items of closet or store in Singapore than some of below places might help you. No matter what you do with Clothes, they are temporary shopping accessories. Some People tries to save and take care of their most favorite clothes but still they become rough or obviously size become smaller or sometimes bigger.


One of the main problem of keep those old clothes is handling their space. Whenever you shop for new clothes you need to clear up space from them in wardrobe. If this problems occurs people through the old clothes in Garbage or sometime reuse them but instead of doing this first think about million of people around you who don't afford branded/designer clothes even they don't have normal clothing and donate these old item to charities I show you below.

1. Minds Shop
Instead of giving money directly to people teaching them skills with practical knowledge is a better way to help them so that they earn themselves. Mind(Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore)  Thrift shop is shop for disables having Intellectual Problems here they teach them to learn some essential skill from the money they get by selling old clothes donated by people.

2. Blessing in Bag Singapore:
The Non-Profit Charity is founded by Local Radio Dj Emily Teng which delivers donated items such as clothes, school accessories, daily household things, kids products to poor and rural area of Asia under-develop countries. They org called these items as blessing for people who get them. From March 2015 Blessing in Bag getting donation in all kind of work. During the situation of natural disaster also helps the effectees. You can follow them on Facebook page for more updates.

3. H&M Conscious Movement:
H&M is a popular clothing store company based in Switzerland. Most of you remeber their name but you don't know about their H&M Conscious Movement which tells people Don't Let Fashion Go to Waste. According to H&M old clothes dumped in to wastelands are 95% reusable. H&M tries to reduce the environmental impact of clothing industry by recycling them, these clothes made in to other items or donated to charities. Moreover people who donate these clothes also get discount voucher for next purchase from H&M.

4. SCWO New2u Thrift Shop:
New2u Thrift Shop is maintained and Run by Singapore Council of women's Organisations(SCWO). Their clothing stores are unique in many ways their store provide very affordable clothing especially to those working in Singapore as expatriates having really less income. They have every item from Old styled frocks, formal blazers to designer suits. They give the prizes in the range of customers, every tuesday is student discount.  The old clothes are in very best condition with prize tag of less than a dollar.  These items are all donated ones and anyone can donate them. They accept men, women and children clothing with other items such as shoes, toys, old books, , crockery and utensils. Their items were written with Donation for New2u. 
Collection by selling these items donated to Star Shelter a refuge center for women and children having cases of violence and some other SCWO charity intiatives.

5. Donating Toys to "Toys From The Heart":
Our child grows up one day and they fed up with Toys So it is better to give excitement to other children just by Donating them to Needy kids of Singapore. Toys from the heart is program created by Food from the heart who also distrube unused Food or bread. Contact them on 6280 4498 they usually take toys donation on Monday.


The above are not the main ones just for understanding the concept behind donation of old clothes and other items here are some more where Singaporeans can donate their pre-loved stuff:
6) Metta Welfare Association
7) The Salvation Army

8) Pass it On

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