CHANGES TO THE EMPLOYMENT ACT- OFFERING WORKERS GREATER PROTECTION

The Employment Act of Singapore is going to undergo a major change and transformation to include all private-sector employees. This move will provide rights that were previously not offered such as paid sick leave, mandatory annual leave and protections against wrongful dismissal.

The move is among four categories of major changes Parliament approved on 2oth Nov 2018 and which will take effect in April 2019.

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo, in introducing the Employment (Amendment) Bill for debate yesterday, said the updates – work on which began in 2012 were to reflect the changing profile of Singapore’s labour force and employment practices.

The changes to the Employment Act were welcomed and supported by all 17 MPs who spoke on them, including two from the Workers’ Party (WP), with many giving ideas on how to further improve it.
Please see below the summary of Changes as provided by the Ministry of Manpower.

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