Essential Knowledge of the Employment Act and its Application

Course Outline:

1. Coverage and Key Definition

  • Who is “Employee”, “Workman”, “Non-workmen” and “PMEs”
  • “Internships” etc
  • Comprehensive understanding of the Employment Act in Singapore and in particular Part 1, 2,3,4,6,9 and 10 of the Act, which are a must know for all HR practitioners.


2. Key Features of the Employment Act

  • Fair Employment Practices
  • Scope and coverage of the Act
  • Interpretation of amendments to the Act

3. Contract of Service

  • Similarity and differences between Contract of Service and Contract for Service
  • Terms considered to be illegal in a contract
  • Notice of termination
  • Termination without notice
  • Contract broken by employer and employee
  • Misconduct of the employee

3. Payment of Salary and Deduction

  • Fixation of salary period
  • Payment on dismissal and termination
  • Authorised deductions
  • Limits to deductions
  • Difference between Basic vs. Gross Rate of Pay

4. Statutory Terms, Conditions and Non-Statutory Benefits

  • Rest Day, Hours of Work, Holidays and Other Conditions of Service
  • Hours of work for a non-shift and a shift employee
  • Interpretation of ‘week’
  • Annual leave
  • Sick leave & hospitalisation leave
  • Retrenchment benefits, Retirement benefits
  • Annual wage supplement
  • Calculation of various rates of pay
  • Basic and gross rate of pay
  • Payment for overtime, rest day and public holiday – Public holidays for PMEs (flexibility for employers)

5. Statutory Pro-family Leave

  • Maternity benefits update
  • Child care leave & extended child care leave
  • Paternity & shared parental leave
  • Notice of confinement
  • Dismissal during absence
  • Employment after confinement
  • Forfeiture of payment

6. Transfer of Employment, Termination and Dismissal

  • Termination with notice & without notice
  • Termination with breach of contract
  • Resignation
  • Dismissal
  • Redress against unfair dismissal for PMEs – Payment related to termination
  • Unfair dismissal protection & Labour Court

7. Changes in 2017

  • Issue of Key Employment Terms and Itemised Payslips to employees and maintenance of detailed employment records
  • Proposed changes to re-employment of employees from 65 to 67
  • New policies on Paternity Leave, Maternity Leave, Shared Parental Leave, Adoption Leave

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