MOM seeks views on second round of changes to employment, foreign labour laws

Ministry of Manpower (MOM) building. The Manpower Ministry is looking for public feedback as it starts the second phase of reviews to the Employment Act - Singapore's main labour law - and the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA). -- NP FILE PHO
Ministry of Manpower (MOM) building. The Manpower Ministry is looking for public feedback as it starts the second phase of reviews to the Employment Act - Singapore's main labour law - and the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA). -- NP FILE PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

The Manpower Ministry is looking for public feedback as it starts the second phase of reviews to the Employment Act - Singapore's main labour law - and the Employment of Foreign Manpower Act (EFMA).

In the first phase of reviews, the Employment Act was extended in March 2013 to give more workers protection, and the EFMA in late 2012 to get tougher on errant employers. The second phase focuses on protecting vulnerable workers while still allowing firms flexibility.

For instance, it will look at how to protect workers under "non-traditional work arrangements", such as workers on fixed-term contracts, outsourced workers and freelancers, and giving more protection to low-wage workers. The review will also look at the circumstances under which foreign workers could be allowed to change employers.

Views should be sent to MOM by Oct 30, either to the Workplace Policy and Strategy Division, 18 Havelock Road, #06-02, Singapore 059764, by fax to 6534-0559, or by e-mail to MOM_Consultations@mom.gov.sg