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.


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
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.

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