The Straits Times
Published on Sep 27, 2012

CPF and MOM increase efforts to protect low-wage workers


From November, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Central Provident Fund (CPF) Board will step up their efforts to make sure that employees, particularly low-wage workers, are getting their basic employment rights under the law.

This means that, among other things, they are paid CPF contributions, receive prompt payment of salary, receive paid annual and medical leave, and adherence to working-hour requirements.

A joint statement from the Board and the Ministry on Thursday said that greater attention will be placed on industries such as food & beverage (F&B), retail, and security and cleaning where breaches of the CPF Act and Employment Act are higher.

The number of enforcement inspections will be increased from around 500 to 5,000 each year, it added.