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Singapore’s fairness legislation expected to impact: Titanium Law Chambers

pexels-ketut-subiyanto-4473903Titanium Law Chambers has recently published an article discussing the latest employment updates in Singapore that will impact employers in the coming years. Among the key changes are the new Workplace Fairness Legislation (WFL) and stricter requirements for Employment Pass  candidates.

In February, the Tripartite Committee on Workplace Fairness has made 20 recommendations for the new WFL. This legislation aims to enforce the Tripartite Guidelines on Fair Employment Practices but Titanium advises that organisations with fair and progressive employment practices already in place should have little trouble adapting.

Some noteworthy recommendations include encouraging non-monetary remedies in employment disputes, empowering the Employment Claims Tribunal to strike out frivolous claims, and introducing a range of penalties for non-compliance.

Starting September this year, new employment pass (for foreign work permits) applicants will be assessed using the Complementarity Assessment Framework. Employers will be responsible for verifying the authenticity of the candidate’s educational qualifications and employment records, including submitting third-party verification proof for candidates with diploma-level qualifications and above.

Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Manpower, Zaqy Mohamad, has also emphasised that the Ministry of Manpower will investigate cases of employers misclassifying employees to avoid obligations and take action against such companies. This move aims to protect workers from being exploited by companies attempting to evade their statutory employer obligations, particularly during redundancy exercises.

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